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construct

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verb con·struct \kən-ˈstrəkt\

Simple Definition of construct

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make or form by combining or arranging parts or elements :  build; also :  contrive, devise

  3. 2 :  to draw (a geometrical figure) with suitable instruments and under specified conditions

  4. 3 :  to set in logical order

con·struct·abil·i·typlay also con·struct·ibil·i·ty \-ˌstrək-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
con·struct·ableplay or con·struct·ible play \-ˈstrək-tə-bəl\ adjective
con·struc·tor play \-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.



Origin of construct

Latin constructus, past participle of construere, from com- + struere to build — more at structure


First Known Use: 1663


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construct

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noun con·struct \ˈkän-ˌstrəkt\

Simple Definition of construct

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

Full Definition of construct

  1. 1 :  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>

  2. 2 :  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.



1933

First Known Use of construct

1933


Medical Dictionary

construct

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noun con·struct \ˈkän-ˌstrəkt\

Medical Definition of construct

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






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