con·​struc·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrək-shən \

Definition of construction

1 : the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining
2a : the process, art, or manner of constructing something Construction of the new bridge will begin in the spring. also : a thing constructed
b : the construction industry working in construction
3 : the arrangement and connection of words or groups of words in a sentence : syntactical arrangement That verb is often used in passive constructions.
4 : a sculpture that is put together out of separate pieces of often disparate materials

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Other Words from construction

constructional \ kən-​ˈstrək-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
constructionally adverb

Synonyms for construction


erection, structure

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Examples of construction in a Sentence

Construction of the new bridge will begin in the spring. Construction on the bridge will occur daily from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Note the similar construction of the buildings. Some people think it is wrong to end a sentence with a preposition, but the construction is quite common in English. That verb is commonly used in passive constructions. This word is used in positive constructions.
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Coupled with the long battery life, this is a phone designed to be taken on multi-day hikes or used on construction sites rather than at an Instagram-friendly cafe. Sam Byford, The Verge, "This tank of a phone has lasted me a week on one charge," 18 Dec. 2018 Zinke has denied any involvement in the deal, though his son once had a summer job at a Whitefish Energy construction site. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke to resign as Interior Secretary at the end of the year," 15 Dec. 2018 The biggest impact of the capital spending slowdown will be companies that make construction machinery, factory equipment and basic materials, all sectors that have lagged behind the market recently. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Tax-Cut Split: Consumers Are Spending but Businesses Curb Their Enthusiasm," 9 Nov. 2018 In addition, reporters discovered high levels of lead dust on rowhouse stoops, near construction sites, and at neighborhood playgrounds. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past," 9 Oct. 2018 The duo then allegedly tried to stash the body in a bathroom under construction, covering him with towels and blankets, according to the affidavit. Denise Garcia, Teen Vogue, "A Teen's Boyfriend Allegedly Killed Her Dad and She Allegedly Helped Him Cover It Up," 3 Oct. 2018 These entranceways would have been in the middle of construction sites where there were cranes and all of that. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Destroyed on 9/11, a New York Subway Station Reopens 17 Years Later," 10 Sep. 2018 Particulate matter can be directly emitted into the air by cars, trucks, buses, factories, construction sites, and wood burning, but particles may also be formed in the air when gases from burning fuels react with sunlight and water vapor. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Stay Safe When Your City’s Air Quality Is Dangerous," 21 Aug. 2018 Westbound Court Street will close Saturday between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a concrete pour at the Kroger construction site, according to the City of Cincinnati. Madeline Mitchell,, "Traffic alert: Westbound Court Street closes Saturday," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of construction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for construction

see construct entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of construction

: the act or process of building something (such as a house or road)

: the business of building things (such as houses or roads)

: the way something is built or made


con·​struc·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrək-shən \

Kids Definition of construction

1 : the process, art, or manner of building something
2 : something built or put together : structure a flimsy construction
3 : the arrangement of words and the relationship between words in a sentence


con·​struc·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrək-shən \

Legal Definition of construction

: the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining meaning or effect (as of a statute or contract) the construction placed upon an agreement— J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo

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to gather or build up little by little

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