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CONSTITUTE, verb transitive [Latin , to set.]

1. To set; to fix; to enact; to establish.

We must obey laws appointed and constituted by lawful authority, not against the law of God.

2. To form or compose; to give formal existence to; to make a thing what it is.

Perspicuity constitutes the prime excellence of style.

Truth and reason constitute that intellectual gold that defies destruction.

3. To appoint, depute or elect to an office or employment; to make and empower.

A sheriff is constituted a conservator of the peace.

A has constituted B his attorney or agent.