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 for consist
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Consist \Con*sist"\ (k[o^]n*s[i^]st"), v. i. [imp. & p. p.
     Consisted; p. pr. & vb. n. Consisting.] [L. consistere to
     stand still or firm; con- + sistere to stand, cause to stand,
     stare to stand: cf. F. consister. See Stand.]
     1. To stand firm; to be in a fixed or permanent state, as a
        body composed of parts in union or connection; to hold
        together; to be; to exist; to subsist; to be supported and
        maintained.
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              He is before all things, and by him all things
              consist.                              --Col. i. 17.
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     2. To be composed or made up; -- followed by of.
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              The land would consist of plains and valleys. --T.
                                                    Burnet.
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     3. To have as its substance or character, or as its
        foundation; to be; -- followed by in.
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              If their purgation did consist in words. --Shak.
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              A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the
              things which he possesseth.           --Luke xii.
                                                    15.
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     4. To be consistent or harmonious; to be in accordance; --
        formerly used absolutely, now followed by with.
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              This was a consisting story.          --Bp. Burnet.
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              Health consists with temperance alone. --Pope.
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              For orders and degrees
              Jar not with liberty, but well consist. --Milton.
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     5. To insist; -- followed by on. [Obs.] --Shak.
  
     Syn: To Consist, Consist of, Consist in.
  
     Usage: The verb consist is employed chiefly for two purposes,
            which are marked and distinguished by the prepositions
            used. When we wish to indicate the parts which unite
            to compose a thing, we use of; as when we say,
            "Macaulay's Miscellanies consist chiefly of articles
            which were first published in the Edinburgh Review."
            When we wish to indicate the true nature of a thing,
            or that on which it depends, we use in; as, "There are
            some artists whose skill consists in a certain manner
            which they have affected." "Our safety consists in a
            strict adherence to duty."
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  consist
      v 1: originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social
           injustices in this country" [syn: dwell, consist,
           lie, lie in]
      2: have its essential character; be comprised or contained in;
         be embodied in; "The payment consists in food"; "What does
         love consist in?"
      3: be consistent in form, tenor, or character; be congruous;
         "Desires are to be satisfied only so far as consists with an
         approved end"
      4: be composed of; "The land he conquered comprised several
         provinces"; "What does this dish consist of?" [syn:
         consist, comprise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "consist":
     abide, accord, be, comport, conform, consort, correspond, dovetail,
     dwell, exist, fit in, gee, go, inhere, lie, repose, reside, rest,
     subsist
  
  

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