consists

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Almost always used with the preposition "of," the verb consist means to be made up of, or composed of something. A heated conversation might consist of only two words: "yes" and "no."

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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 maintained.

Verb
be composed of; "The land he conquered comprised several provinces"; "What does this dish consist of?"

Verb
originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

Verb
be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous; "Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with an approved end"

Verb
have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in; "The payment consists in food"; "What does love consist in?"


v. i.
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 maintained.

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

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

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

v. i.
To insist; -- followed by on.


Consist

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 maintained.
He is before all things, and by him all things consist.
2. To be composed or made up; -- followed by of.
The land would consist of plains and valleys.
3. To have as its substance or character, or as its foundation; to be; -- followed by in.
If their purgation did consist in words.
A man's life consisteth not in the abudance of the things which he possesseth.
4. To be cosistent or harmonious; to be in accordance; -- formerly used absolutely, now followed by with.
This was a consisting story.
Health consists with temperance alone.
For orders and degrees Jar not with liberty, but well consist.
5. To insist; -- followed by on. [Obs.] Shak. Syn. -- To Consist, Consist of, Consist in. 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."

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 maintained.

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Usage Examples

Actually, the year anniversary of what you just heard, my son Grahame and I are going to be in a play together, and I'm acting for the first time in front of an audience that doesn't consist of a high school drama class.

Medicine is not only a science it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.

Real education should consist of drawing the goodness and the best out of our own students. What better books can there be than the book of humanity?

Constitutions should consist only of general provisions the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things.

Morality may consist solely in the courage of making a choice.

I believe in the equality of man and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.

Happiness does not consist in self-love.

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Other Usage Examples

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.

So far, 44 States, or 88 percent of the States, have enacted laws providing that marriage shall consist of a union between a man and a woman. Only 75 percent of the States are required to approve a constitutional amendment.

Poetry does not consist of words alone there must be sentiment and fancy, combination and arrangement.

Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.

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