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verb con·struct \kən-ˈstrəkt\

: to build or make (something physical, such as a road, bridge, or building)

: to make or create (something, such as a story or theory) by organizing ideas, words, etc.

mathematics : to draw (a shape) according to a set of instructions or rules

Full Definition of CONSTRUCT

transitive verb
:  to make or form by combining or arranging parts or elements :  build; also :  contrive, devise
:  to draw (a geometrical figure) with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
:  to set in logical order
con·struct·abil·i·ty also con·struct·ibil·i·ty \-ˌstrək-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
con·struct·able or con·struct·ible \-ˈstrək-tə-bəl\ adjective
con·struc·tor \-tər\ noun

Examples of CONSTRUCT

  1. They plan to construct a barn behind the house.
  2. The author constructs all the stories around one theme.
  3. Construct a triangle that has sides of equal length.


Latin constructus, past participle of construere, from com- + struere to build — more at structure
First Known Use: 1663


noun con·struct \ˈkän-ˌstrəkt\

: something (such as an idea or a theory) that is formed in people's minds

Full Definition of CONSTRUCT

:  something constructed by the mind: as
a :  a theoretical entity <the deductive study of abstract constructs — D. J. Boorstin>
b :  a working hypothesis or concept <the unconscious was a construct that came from the daily effort to understand patients>
:  a product of ideology, history, or social circumstances <privacy is more than a social construct or an idea; it is a condition of the body — Sallie Tisdale>

Examples of CONSTRUCT

  1. He argues that time is a subjective construct with no objective existence.

First Known Use of CONSTRUCT

CONSTRUCT Defined for Kids


verb con·struct \kən-ˈstrəkt\

Definition of CONSTRUCT for Kids

:  to make or form by combining parts <construct a bridge>

Word Root of CONSTRUCT

The Latin word struere, meaning to build, and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.
Medical Dictionary


noun con·struct \ˈkän-ˌstrəkt\

Medical Definition of CONSTRUCT

:  something constructed especially by mental synthesis <form a construct of a physical object by mentally assembling and integrating sense-data>


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