construct

verb
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

construct

noun
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

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Other Words from construct

Verb

constructability or less commonly constructibility \ kən-​ˌstrək-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce constructibility (audio) \ noun
constructable or constructible \ kən-​ˈstrək-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce constructible (audio) \ adjective
constructor \ kən-​ˈstrək-​tər How to pronounce constructor (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are plenty of good stealth games out there, but none are quite this polished or carefully constructed. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 This style can be tall or short, and tightly or loosely constructed, depending on the size and number of loops. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 There is Kanzi, the 37-year-old bonobo who can understand hundreds of lexigrams representing words and actions, and can construct sentences by pointing out the correct symbol on a screen. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Koko the Gorilla Wasn't Human, But She Taught Us So Much About Ourselves," 21 June 2018 The issue could come down to just how these special-edition Duke shoes were constructed, where they were made, or whether the titanic Williamson is simply too big for his sneakers (Paul George, by comparison, is 6-9, 220-pounds). Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Sneaker Blowout Science: How Zion Williamson’s Nikes Came Apart," 22 Feb. 2019 The tent, which was constructed over the country club’s pool, was far from ordinary. Kt Merry, Harper's BAZAAR, "From Dallas, With Love: This Texas Wedding Redefined Effortless Elegance," 7 Nov. 2018 The identity of dark matter and dark energy involve fundamental questions about how the Universe is constructed. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We’ve seen more fast radio bursts, but we still don’t know what they are," 11 Oct. 2018 Being submerged for all those years seemed to have taken its toll, despite its being constructed out of more than 6,000 tons of mud, basalt rocks, and salt crystals. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 The $200 million project included renovating two existing brick buildings and constructing a new glass office tower. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "GE to Scale Back Boston Headquarters, Return $87 Million of Incentives," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Forget the societal constructs and norms, what the world is trying to tell you to do. Amanda Duarte, Town & Country, "An Etiquette Guide for the New Pot Elite," 14 Jan. 2019 As a body activist within the industry, shaking up social constructs and re-defining beauty ideals will always be a part of her day-to-day on the job as well as off, with 7.8 million followers looking out for her next #BeautyBeyondSize post. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Makeup Tricks to Simple Self-Care Tips, Ashley Graham's Stress-Free Guide to Holiday Vacation Packing," 8 Dec. 2018 Thus, once this gene-drive construct starts to spread, every mosquito is likely to either spread it further or be sterile. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gene drive used to turn all female mosquitos sterile," 27 Sep. 2018 This elaborate construct may help the DNC chairman save face, but only by sacrificing clarity and hampering voters’ understanding of campaign finance. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "Tom Perez’s claim that DNC broke fundraising records in January," 7 Mar. 2018 For now, the Gateway remains a theoretical construct with no hardware yet designed or metal cut. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "How the White House plans a return to the Moon during Trump’s presidency," 23 Aug. 2018 Spears knows that perfumes shouldn't be beholden to societal gender constructs, so this new perfume has a bottle and scent that appeals to all (though the scent, to be honest, is still quite traditionally sweet). Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Britney Spears Is Launching a A Unisex Fragrance Called Prerogative," 17 July 2018 Again, America’s knowledge elite is partly responsible for this: Armies of postmodern academics had prepared the way for Trump by arguing that truth is a construct of the power elite. Adrian Wooldridge, New York Times, "A Conservative’s Case Against Donald Trump," 24 Jan. 2018 Hoffman likens the picture our brain constructs of the world to the graphical interface on a computer screen. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of construct

Verb

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of construct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

construct

noun

English Language Learners Definition of construct (Entry 2 of 2)

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

construct

verb
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

construct

noun
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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