Etymology
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consist (v.)

1520s, "to be, exist in a permanent state as a body composed of parts," from French consister (14c.) or directly from Latin consistere "to stand firm, take a standing position, stop, halt," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + sistere "to place," causative of stare "to stand, be standing" (from PIE root *sta- "to stand, make or be firm").

From 1560s, with of, as "be composed, be made up." From 1630s as "be consistent." Related: Consisted; consisting.

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Definitions of consist

consist (v.)
originate (in);
Synonyms: dwell / lie / lie in
consist (v.)
have its essential character; be comprised or contained in; be embodied in;
What does love consist in?
The payment consists in food
consist (v.)
be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous;
Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with an approved end
consist (v.)
be composed of;
What does this dish consist of?
Synonyms: comprise
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