construction

noun

con·​struc·​tion kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio)
1
: the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining
2
a
: 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
constructional adjective
constructionally adverb

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web As part of a $148 million project to overhaul the gridlocked area, construction on the interchange has been ongoing for more than a year, but slowdowns have been limited with most of road closures taking place during nighttime hours. Wells Dusenbury, Sun Sentinel, 18 Jan. 2023 The unusual design of the Fort Sumter Hotel riled some of the locals when construction on the building began, according to some accounts that Ms. Minnigan has read. Beth Decarbo, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2023 Some of these projects are due to start construction within a matter of weeks. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 11 Jan. 2023 Photos obtained exclusively by the Daily Mail show construction on the wall around Biden's Rehoboth Beach, Delaware home began last week. Brandon Gillespie, Fox News, 10 Jan. 2023 Late last year, Holt Lunsford started construction on a three-building business park in Denton. Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2023 The senators' visit comes during the same week that the Border Patrol is to begin construction on four gaps along the border wall near the Morelos Dam near Yuma. The Arizona Republic, 10 Jan. 2023 All 10 projects must begin construction within five years, Bridges said. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, 10 Jan. 2023 That’s why McGrath was pleased to learn that Harvest Time will soon begin construction on a new 30,000-square-foot facility on a grassy spot across from the agency’s main center that will provide more space for its Hope Center. Martin E. Comas, Orlando Sentinel, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see construct entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near construction

Cite this Entry

“Construction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/construction. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

construction

noun
con·​struc·​tion kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio)
1
: interpretation sense 1
strict construction of the law
2
: the process, art, or manner of constructing
3
: something built or put together : structure
4
: the arrangement and connection of words or groups of words in a sentence

Legal Definition

construction

noun
con·​struc·​tion kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio)
: the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining meaning or effect (as of a statute or contract)
the construction placed upon an agreementJ. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo

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