con·​struc·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce constructional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
constructionally adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web After more than half a year of construction, Bob’s Discount Furniture in late summer opened the doors of its new North Olmsted location on Brookpark Road. John Benson, cleveland, "Bob’s Discount Furniture opens up North Olmsted location," 8 Oct. 2020 After nearly a year of construction, Cincinnati Metro is opening the new Northside Transit Center to passengers. Hannah K. Sparling, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Metro opens new Northside Transit Center," 6 Oct. 2020 Five years later, there is no sign of construction. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Iconoclast Remaking Los Angeles’s Most Important Museum," 5 Oct. 2020 In March, the city signed a development agreement with RMS that spell out PILOT payments, or payments in lieu of taxes, beginning in the third year after the start of construction. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "First phase of $200M redevelopment around Hartford’s Dunkin' Donuts Park is now in construction, with official groundbreaking later this month," 2 Oct. 2020 But in terms of new construction, Tjarksen says, co-living often remains the most affordable choice in urban areas. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "1 House, 40 Roommates? During Covid, Co-Living Adds Up," 2 Oct. 2020 The new filings show more than 277,000 square feet of additional construction. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Facebook has spent $1 billion and counting on its Fort Worth data center," 1 Oct. 2020 The Ghost’s body panels flow from headlamps to taillamps without ever traversing a panel gap—a feat of construction that requires four uncommonly excellent human welders to work simultaneously on the panels, to ensure a continuous seam. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Rolls-Royce’s $400,000 Attempt at a Low-Key, ‘Minimalist’ Sedan," 30 Sep. 2020 The order comes a week after protesters and federal agents clashed during a demonstration at the site of border wall construction through Organ Pipe. Claire Chandler, The Arizona Republic, "Feds cite safety for Quitobaquito closing; critics see other motives," 30 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of construction was in the 14th century

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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Construction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce construction (audio) \

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 How to pronounce construction (audio) \

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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