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consist in (something)

To have something be the sole, primary, or most important element or aspect. Diplomacy consists in open, thoughtful communication, not tearing down others with whom one disagrees. Being a good parent consists in doing what most benefits your child—whether they are happy with that or not.
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consist of (something)

To be made up of (something). Your grade consists of several factors, such as homework, projects, and test scores.
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consist of someone or something

to include people or things; to be made up of people or things. This bread consists of flour, water, sugar, oil, and yeast. The U.S. Senate consists of two elected officials from each state.
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consist of

To have something as components; be made up of something: The English test consisted of four essays.
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The course consisted of reading papers and short chapters of a textbook to provide background information on the subject.
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A "pendulum," which consisted of a long, oscillating metal bar, was suspended from the gallery ceiling so that it almost reached the ground; the movement of the bar generated an ellipse of light on the floor.
These works consisted of three elements: the tangible materials; the laser beam, at once material and immaterial; and finally an unspecified but inescapable element - time.
Section A consisted of task types such as multiple choice cloze and grammar cloze.
The sample consisted of a total of 623 middle (183) and high school (429)students from various districts in the region.
The first section of the survey consisted of 12 items related to the frequency of various activities in mathematics classes.