Hypertext Webster Gateway: "constitute"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Constitute \Con"sti*tute\, n.
An established law. [Obs.] --T. Preston.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Constitute \Con"sti*tute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Constituted}; p.
pr. & vb. n. {Constituting}.] [L. constitutus, p. p. of
constiture to constitute; con- + statuere to place, set, fr.
status station, fr. stare to stand. See {Stand}.]
1. To cause to stand; to establish; to enact.

Laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority.
--Jer. Taylor.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone
wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These
constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up
the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a
year"; "These few men comprise his entire army" [syn: {represent},
{make up}, {comprise}, {be}]
2: charge with a task or function; "appoint someone president";
"nominate a committee" [syn: {appoint}, {name}, {nominate}]
3: to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of
the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This
makes a fine introduction" [syn: {form}, {make}]
4: set up or lay the groundwork for; "establish a new
department" [syn: {establish}, {found}, {plant}, {institute}]

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