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Meaning of CONSIST

Pronunciation:  [n]'kânsist, [v]kun'sist, kun'sist

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be composed of; "What does this dish consist of?"
  2. [v]  be composed of; "The land he conquered comprised several provinces"
  3. [v]  originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"
  4. [v]  be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous; "Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with an approved end"
  5. [v]  have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in; "The payment consists in food"; "What does love consist in?"

CONSIST is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: belong, comprise, dwell, lie, lie in
 See Also: agree, appertain, be, check, correspond, exist, fit, gibe, include, inhere, jibe, match, pertain, tally



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*sist"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Consisted}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Consisting}.] [L. consistere to stand still or firm;
con- + sistere to stand, cause to stand, stare to stand: cf.
F. consister. See {Stand}.]
1. To stand firm; to be in a fixed or permanent state, as a
   body composed of parts in union or connection; to hold
   together; to be; to exist; to subsist; to be supported and

         He is before all things, and by him all things
         consist.                              --Col. i. 17.

2. To be composed or made up; -- followed by of.

         The land would consist of plains and valleys. --T.

3. To have as its substance or character, or as its
   foundation; to be; -- followed by in.

         If their purgation did consist in words. --Shak.

         A man's life consisteth not in the abudance of the
         things which he possesseth.           --Luke xii.

4. To be consistent or harmonious; to be in accordance; --
   formerly used absolutely, now followed by with.

         This was a consisting story.          --Bp. Burnet.

         Health consists with temperance alone. --Pope.

         For orders and degrees Jar not with liberty, but
         well consist.                         --Milton.

5. To insist; -- followed by on. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: {To Consist}, {Consist of}, {Consist in}.

Usage: The verb consist is employed chiefly for two purposes,
       which are marked and distinguished by the prepositions
       used. When we wish to indicate the parts which unite
       to compose a thing, we use of; as when we say,
       ``Macaulay's Miscellanies consist chiefly of articles
       which were first published in the Edinburgh Review.''
       When we wish to indicate the true nature of a thing,
       or that on which it depends, we use in; as, ``There
       are some artists whose skill consists in a certain
       manner which they have affected.'' ``Our safety
       consists in a strict adherence to duty.''

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abide, accord, be, comport, conform, consort, correspond, dovetail, dwell, exist, fit in, gee, go, inhere, lie, repose, reside, rest, subsist