construct

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verb

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

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
constructability noun
or less commonly constructibility
constructable adjective
or constructible
constructor noun

construct

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noun

con·​struct ˈkän-ˌstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio)
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: something constructed by the mind: such as
a
: a theoretical entity
… the deductive study of abstract constructsDaniel 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

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 new school, still one-room and still on Cold Springs Road, was constructed for $4,000. Richard Selcer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 17 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile on Capitol Hill, Comer, who chairs the powerful House Oversight Committee, used the claims being extolled in right-wing media to accuse the FBI of engaging in a coverup and attempted to construct a corruption case against Biden. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 Garden-style apartments, typically quicker to develop when compared to mid-rise and high-rise buildings, were constructed in lower quantities. Brad Hunter, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Since the war between Israel and Hamas erupted on Oct. 7, Egypt constructed a concrete border wall that reaches six meters into the ground and is topped with barbed wire. Ahmed Mohamed Hassan and Aidan Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Feb. 2024 The cost of constructing a vacuum tube, a maglev system, a linear motor and a compressor is estimated to be billions of dollars. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 Neither Casey Schmitt nor Luis Matos has a clear spot on the 26-man as currently constructed, and the path to the roster for Tyler Fitzgerald, Wade Meckler and Heliot Ramos looks even longer. Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 They’re also constructed to withstand tougher weather conditions, including cold temperatures and rain. Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2024 Though the wall is now underwater, it was likely constructed during a period between 8,500 and 14,000 years ago, when the site was on dry land. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024
Noun
The old ways of doctor-patient relationships will gradually give way to the new construct of doctor-AI-patient relationships. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The entire construct of the CRM — which was explored in great detail on The Walking Dead: World Beyond spinoff series and will employ drastic measures to rebuild humanity — provides a far different foe than a single baseball bat-wielding lunatic or zombie mask-wearing cult leader. EW.com, 13 Feb. 2024 Although the character of Paloma is based on an actual child prodigy, other student characters are composites, so the dynamic between her and Nico feels like a screenwriter’s construct. Pat Padua, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 Femininity was understood to be a cultural construct, a masquerade, and Sherman’s photographs were considered exemplary of this turn. Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 A number of top economists believe that the Fed won’t be able to truly tame inflation with interest rate hikes unless there is a significant rise in unemployment—owing to the Phillips Curve, an economic construct that argues that inflation and unemployment have an inverse relationship. Bywill Daniel, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2023 The construct is that of a tomato sandwich: flimsy white bread, Duke's mayo, sliced banana—lightning quick and delightful. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 4 Jan. 2024 The setup is a classically Mann work-and-family construct, and much of it is distilled into that earlier scene with Enzo, Piero and the blueprints. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2023 And novel constructs developed by teams at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania have delivered promising results in mice. Maryn McKenna, WIRED, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use

Verb

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of construct was in 1663

Dictionary Entries Near construct

Cite this Entry

“Construct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/construct. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

construct

verb
con·​struct
kən-ˈstrəkt
1
: to make or form by combining or arranging parts : build
2
: to draw (a geometrical figure) with suitable instruments and under given conditions
constructable adjective
or constructible
-ˈstrək-tə-bəl
constructor
-ˈstrək-tər
noun

Medical Definition

construct

noun
con·​struct ˈkän-ˌstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio)
: something constructed especially by mental synthesis
form a construct of a physical object by mentally assembling and integrating sense-data

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