con·​struct | \ kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio) \
constructed; constructing; constructs

Definition of construct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make or form by combining or arranging parts or elements : build construct a bridge also : contrive, devise construct a plan
2 : to draw (a geometrical figure) with suitable instruments and under specified conditions Construct a regular hexagon with sides 3 inches long.
3 : to set in logical order


con·​struct | \ ˈkän-ˌstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio) \

Definition of construct (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something constructed by the mind: such as
a : a theoretical entity … the deductive study of abstract constructs— Daniel J. Boorstin
b : a working hypothesis or concept The unconscious was a construct that came from the daily effort to understand patients.
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

Other Words from construct


constructability or less commonly constructibility \ kən-​ˌstrək-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce construct (audio) \ noun
constructable or constructible \ kən-​ˈstrək-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce construct (audio) \ adjective
constructor \ kən-​ˈstrək-​tər How to pronounce construct (audio) \ noun

Examples of construct in a Sentence

Verb They plan to construct a barn behind the house. The author constructs all the stories around one theme. Construct a triangle that has sides of equal length. Noun He argues that time is a subjective construct with no objective existence.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The port plans to construct a multimillion-dollar transloading facility there, possibly in the coming months. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 June 2022 There is also an esports program and plans to construct a new track and field facility in 2023. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 21 June 2022 Nearby, Lubinski plans to construct an installation in front of a defaced mural depicting concentration camp prisoners laboring in a bucolic countryside setting, their once-smiling faces now obscured. Carrie Hagen, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2022 With financial security in hand, Buxton has purchased land in his hometown of Baxley and plans to construct his dream home. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 But that's not always the best way to construct a drama and to get people continually invested. Tyler Aquilina,, 8 Apr. 2022 The university plans to construct a five-story, 56,900-square-foot Murray Building on Murray Hill Road near Adelbert Road, and a six-story, 139,000-square-foot Hill Building directly to the southeast. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 23 Mar. 2022 Paul Butler, head of 25 Jerome Avenue LLC, plans to construct the second phase of the massive residential development directly across Jerome Avenue from the first one. Don Stacom,, 22 Mar. 2022 Neyer RE LLC plans to construct three buildings on a 146-acre site located on the east side of Seward Road at the border with the City of Fairfield. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 7 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But race itself is a social construct, invented by European and early American colonialists and slave traders who needed to justify their abhorrent treatment of Africans and Native Americans. Keith Magee, CNN, 17 May 2022 The Cage onscreen in Talent is a construct, albeit one who seems to share his real-life alter ego's taste for grand dojo hand gestures and kumquat-sized cocktail rings. Leah Greenblatt,, 15 Apr. 2022 Jim Gordon, native of Chicago, resident of Gotham, longtime confidant of Batman, noir construct, huddled beneath a trench coat and bushy mustache, is around 45 years old. Christopher Borrelli,, 11 Mar. 2022 The linear march toward a future filled with progress is also a historical and cultural construct, one that has especially benefited the wealthy white men who have thought the future is theirs for the taking. Devon Powers, Wired, 30 Dec. 2021 In psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow construct, low skill meeting low challenge results only in apathy. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 11 Feb. 2020 In sum, access to housing is not a right, and price is not a social construct. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 2 June 2022 The American Academy of Pediatrics has said classification of individuals by racial groups is a social construct that shouldn’t be used as a biologic proxy to make medical determinations. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, 2 May 2022 The cost, however, is a construct of six stages of cost as follows. Alexander Lidow, Forbes, 30 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of construct


1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for construct

Verb and Noun

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

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“Construct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for construct


con·​struct | \ kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio) \
constructed; constructing

Kids Definition of construct

: to make or form by combining parts construct a bridge


con·​struct | \ ˈkän-ˌstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio) \

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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