verb \kən-ˈstrü\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to analyze the arrangement and connection of words in (a sentence or sentence part)
:  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>
intransitive verb
:  to construe a sentence or sentence part especially in connection with translating
con·stru·able \-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


noun \ˈkän-ˌstrü\

Definition of CONSTRUE

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

First Known Use of CONSTRUE


Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile


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