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 constructedb : 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
constructionalplay \kən-ˈstrək-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of construction from the Web
Developers hope to start construction by the first quarter of 2018, Lopez said.
Construction on the shopping center started early this year.
Design and construction of the expansion is being overseen by Kajima Building & Design Group, which also was responsible for the 2010 addition to the GC America headquarters, which added 20,000 square feet to the building.
Proponents of an increase say the revenue from Alabama's 18-cents-per-gallon gas tax has not kept pace with the cost inflation of road maintenance and construction.
According to Juarez, the Venezuelan government financed Humala’s 2006 campaign while Brazilian construction companies Odebrecht SA and Construtora OAS financed the 2011 campaign.
Both the creation of the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline and an economic boom resulting from state and private spending on construction and infrastructure caused the state's working-class economy to swell in the late 20th Century.
Construction on the wall Donald Trump made central to his presidential campaign—
Construction of the Erie Canal began in the year ____________.
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CONSTRUCTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of construction for English Language Learners
: 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
CONSTRUCTION Defined for Kids
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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