constitute (v.) Look up constitute at
mid-15c., from Latin constitutus, past participle of constituere "to cause to stand, set up, fix, place, establish, set in order; form something new; resolve," of persons, "to appoint to an office," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + statuere "to set," from PIE root *stā- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Related: Constituted; constituting.