Definition of consist of phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

consist of

 phrasal verb
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consist of somebody

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consist of something

 
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 to be formed from the people or things mentioned The committee consists of ten members. Their diet consisted largely of vegetables. Their conversation consisted almost entirely of gossip. a gas station that basically consists of two gas pumps and a vending machine consist of doing something Most of the fieldwork consisted of making tape recordings. Synonymsconsist of somebody/​somethingcomprise make up something constitute be composed of somebody/​somethingThese words all mean to be formed from the things or people mentioned, or to be the parts that form something.consist of somebody/​something to be formed from the people, things or activities mentioned:Their diet consists largely of vegetables.comprise (rather formal) to be formed from the things or people mentioned:The collection comprises 327 paintings. Comprise can also be used to refer to the parts or members of something:Older people comprise a large proportion of those living in poverty. However, this is less frequent. make up something (rather informal) to be the parts or people that form something:Women make up 56% of the student numbers.constitute(formal) to be the parts or people that form something:People under the age of 40 constitute the majority of the labour force.be composed of somebody/​something (rather formal) to be formed from the things or people mentioned:Around 15% of our diet is composed of protein.which word?Consist of somebody/​something is the most general of these words and the only one that can be used for activities with the -ing form of a verb:My work at that time just consisted of typing letters. The other main difference is between those verbs that take the whole as the subject and the parts as the object:The group consists of/​comprises/​is made up of/​is composed of ten people. and those that take the parts as the subject and the whole as the object:Ten people make up/​constitute/​comprise the group. It is not correct to use ‘comprises of’ or ‘is composed by/​from’.
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