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 Shiplap originally referred to the horizontal boards or planks used to construct boats. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 June 2022 Without clinical trial data, the outside experts could not evaluate the methods used to construct the ear in detail. Evan Bush, NBC News, 2 June 2022 Unlike the nearby ancient Incan culture, which often used andesite rock or sandstone to construct its monuments, Casarabe architecture was made from dirt, sand and silt that builders tamped down. Aylin Woodward, WSJ, 25 May 2022 In a December interview with the Journal Sentinel, Plant stressed that no SVOG funds would be used to construct a new Milwaukee venue. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2022 The eBOSS team then used this catalog to construct a map that covers about 15 percent of the sky and stretches back more than 11 billion years. Ben Brubaker, Scientific American, 4 May 2022 Dr Barrios and her collaborators used these data to construct a phylogenetic tree, or a family genetics tree. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Durable shiplap painted white was used to construct the six bunks, while the bunk steps received a contrasting stain. Mary Colurso |, al, 16 Apr. 2022 Nespresso capsules were used to construct a sheath dress — in a memorable, Instagram-ready design feat. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 7 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gender used to be viewed as a binary social construct — male and female — but most scientists now understand gender as more of a spectrum, said Jacquelyn Smith, a pediatric psychologist at the Gender Health Clinic at Children’s Wisconsin. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 May 2022 Cultural construct of luxury is a litmus test for the achievements and concerns of a society. Stephan Rabimov, Forbes, 7 May 2022 What questions can be asked, and what things can be seen, beyond the shadow of an entrenched construct? New York Times, 25 Jan. 2022 Produced by his mother and his manager, the result is an awkward construct that doesn't overlook his violent behavior but occasionally downplays it. Brian Lowry, CNN, 26 May 2022 The idea that Ukrainians aren’t a real people and that Ukrainian nationhood is an artificial construct has long been mainstream in Russian culture, literature and politics—including among liberal luminaries like Brodsky, who died in 1996. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 What is time, anyway, other than an arbitrary human construct that happened to, in this instance, align in a way that’s appealing to the pattern-recognition parts of our brains? Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2022 As the investment in the traditional four- or five-nights-a-week construct seems less certain while younger viewers migrate to streaming video, more networks are trying their hand at weekly showcases. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 9 Dec. 2021 In the current construct there is insufficient incentive to share data. Philipp Sandner, Forbes, 6 July 2021 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 26 Jun. 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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