verb \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 \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



noun \ˈkän-ˌstrəkt\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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