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construe

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verb con·strue \kən-ˈstrü\

Simple Definition of construe

  • : to understand (an action, event, remark, etc.) in a particular way

  • : to understand the meaning of (a word, phrase, or sentence)

Full Definition of construe

con·struedcon·stru·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to analyze the arrangement and connection of words in (a sentence or sentence part)

  3. 2 :  to understand or explain the sense or intention of usually in a particular way or with respect to a given set of circumstances <construed my actions as hostile>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to construe a sentence or sentence part especially in connection with translating

con·stru·able play \-ˈstrü-ə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of construe

  1. The way the court construes various words has changed over time.

  2. <the role of the justices of the Supreme Court in construing the constitution>



Origin of construe

Middle English, from Late Latin construere, from Latin, to construct


First Known Use: 14th century


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construe

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noun con·strue \ˈkän-ˌstrü\

Definition of construe

  1. :  an act or the result of construing especially by piecemeal translation



1844

First Known Use of construe

1844

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