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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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To have something as components; be made up of something: The English test consisted of four essays.
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