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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Provo Delta Restoration project will remove dikes and construct a system of channels and ponds that will serve as a safe haven for larval suckers. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "How a once-endangered fish is bouncing back and why it’s good news for Utah Lake," 4 Jan. 2021 The development company plans to tear down the building and construct apartments. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "50 Greater Cleveland restaurants that closed in 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 The grant funding comes on top of $160 million DOE distributed in October to two companies that intend to develop and construct small nuclear reactors that can be operational this decade. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: Granholm pick suggests Biden focus on electric vehicles," 16 Dec. 2020 Milder wind conditions overnight allowed firefighters to construct and reinforce fire lines to increase the containment of the fire by 10% from Saturday, according to CalFire. Artemis Moshtaghian And Eric Levenson, CNN, "California's Bond Fire has burned more than 7,000 acres and more fire warnings are ahead," 6 Dec. 2020 As part of a redevelopment agreement, Pete’s Fresh Market plans to demolish the building and construct a new 49,000-square-foot grocery store on the land. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "After preservation attempts fail, Oak Park board OKs demolition of historic Auto Row building," 25 Nov. 2020 The show shines a harsh light on the Reagans' ability to manipulate the media to suit their needs and construct their own narratives. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "How Ronald and Nancy Reagan Constructed the Perfect American Myth," 16 Nov. 2020 During the summer of 1915, the Alaska Engineering Commission, empowered to construct and operate the Alaska Railroad, oversaw the auctioning of lots for what is now downtown Anchorage. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "1920 was the year Anchorage voted to became a self-governing town. Not everyone was happy about it.," 15 Nov. 2020 Since 2003, HomeAid Houston has been working with GHBA members who are home builders to construct and remodel homeless shelters. Chron, "HomeAid builders embrace role as builder captains," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, the Biden team should make bigger changes to the models and even consider alternatives to the social cost of carbon construct. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Biden orders 'social cost' overhaul in bid to reduce climate pollution," 22 Jan. 2021 The gimbal took up a huge amount of floorspace in the soundstage and was a massive construct. Tom Hanks, Los Angeles Times, "After penning the script, Tom Hanks goes to war on the set of ‘Greyhound’," 18 Jan. 2021 Yet the West need not wade into this kind of geopolitical construct to be constructive, Olga Oliker, program director for Europe and Central Asia at the International Crisis Group, told an editorial writer. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "False election claims erode U.S. credibility," 8 Dec. 2020 Elsewhere, some contractual bonus provisions have required some reimagining within the construct of pandemic football. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "College football coaches' bonuses in COVID pandemic: Who's getting paid, who's not and who might," 19 Dec. 2020 Duchenne settled on 60, whereas beginning in the 1970s, psychologist Paul Ekman famously characterized six (disgust, sadness, happiness, fear, anger, surprise) in a construct that has held sway for decades. Emily Willingham, Scientific American, "A Smile at a Wedding and a Cheer at a Soccer Game Are Alike the World Over," 17 Dec. 2020 Researchers have defined a new personality construct to describe individuals who consistently see themselves as victims. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Researchers identify new personality construct found in individuals who tend to see themselves as victims," 10 Dec. 2020 Many of the songs on Armed Forces play, inchoately, with the idea of love as a fraught and even fascistic construct that leads people to inhumanity, unreason, and brutality. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Why a 41-Year-Old Record About Fascism Matters Now," 30 Nov. 2020 This idea persists despite ample evidence that race—a social construct—is not a reliable proxy for genetics: Every racial group contains a lot of diversity in its genes. The Editors, Scientific American, "Take Racism Out of Medical Algorithms," 23 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of construct was in 1663

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24 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Construct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/construct. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for construct

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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