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 Jordan Westbrook looks down while Noah Powell gets into position, watching Rodney Payne, director of construction services, measure a length of hardwood, as trainees construct a tiny home in the garage of Civic Works warehouse. Allison Eatough, baltimoresun.com, "Tiny houses, huge opportunity: Baltimore’s Civic Works trains young adults in construction," 11 Sep. 2019 UConn men’s and women’s soccer teams plan to play home games at Dillon Stadum this fall, as the teams’ new on-campus soccer facility is constructed. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "With Dillon Stadium’s lights not finished, Hartford Athletic moves Saturday’s game to 4 p.m.," 3 Sep. 2019 The value of the playoffs as they are currently constructed, Koepka said, is that someone who previously struggled could get hot at the end of the season, advance to the Tour Championship and have his life changed overnight. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Are the FedEx Cup Playoffs Rewarding the Wrong Players?," 22 Aug. 2019 Is this defense as currently constructed good enough to slow down Georgia or Clemson? Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "AL.com All-Access: Alabama’s high-powered offense might have to carry Tide this season, and it probably will," 13 Aug. 2019 Now the question becomes where Shaw fits on the Brewers as they're currently constructed. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travis Shaw will be recalled from Class AAA San Antonio. Now, where does he fit?," 25 July 2019 Like No One Had Ever Seen The Apollo 11 mission was a triumph for the Saturn V, which stands to this day as the most powerful rocket mankind has ever constructed, but Aldrin and Armstrong’s second launch was in a much stranger looking ship. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Art of the Return Trip: How NASA Got Apollo 11 Home," 24 July 2019 Large numbers of those cows died of heat stress, but that was before the barns and cooling systems were completely constructed. Washington Post, "How Qatar’s cows show the growing resistance to a Saudi-led boycott," 21 July 2019 The Thunder will be competitive as currently constructed, but more moves may be coming. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "NBA power rankings: After wild summer, race for title wide open," 16 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In autofiction, the performance of realism—a literary construct that privileges knowable and empirical data about a coherent time and place inhabited by individuals with discrete points of view—gives way to the performance of reality. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 The specialties are towering constructs featuring meal-size portions of fried chicken breast, dressed up in a variety of flavors. al, "The other new biscuit in town: Maple Street hits Mobile," 6 Sep. 2019 Whiteness — a social construct that has served as the foundation for racialization in the United States. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "Cisheteropatriarchy. Hxrstory. The language of ethnic studies, explained," 13 Aug. 2019 And even then, plenty would argue it’s still a bogus construct. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Will 2020 Be the Year the Bridal Market Finally Gets Modern?," 9 Apr. 2019 Time is a construct — this is the ethos that’s kept Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra relevant within the pop lexicon for years. Washington Post, "14 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 9 July 2019 In other words, it can be argued that noise is a social construct. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Why we need to rethink the concept of noise in restaurants," 13 Sep. 2019 For example, students will be able to study musical instruments such as violins on a molecular level, examining the construct of the wood. Slade Rand, courant.com, "UConn fine arts and engineering schools welcome $5M donation, launch new partnership," 12 Sep. 2019 Winning, losing, leadership, not spending the entire year talking about the value of postseason experience and then shooting 30% from the field over four straight playoff losses—maybe all these concepts are social constructs. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Giannis, Jokic and a Guide to the 2020 NBA MVP Odds," 4 Sep. 2019

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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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construct

verb
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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
How to pronounce construct (audio)

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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