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 construction (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 The biggest driver of China’s emissions, however, is its insatiable appetite for steel and cement, key ingredients for apartment towers, bullet train lines, subways and other large construction projects. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 Small communities that need better access to a wireless network no longer need to be at the mercy of lengthy construction projects or long wait times. Bart Van Aardenne, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021 Also during its meeting Tuesday, the SAWS board approved nearly $86 million in contracts for construction projects. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 5 Oct. 2021 For the hospital program, the state would agree to serve as last-resort buyers for a particular type of bonds that large hospitals frequently sell to fund construction projects. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, 29 Sep. 2021 Kusiak suggests that this rent money could then also be invested in future housing construction projects. Camille Squires, Quartz, 28 Sep. 2021 China is very good at many things: economic growth, large-scale construction projects, acquiring foreign technology, cyberespionage. Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, the mountain goats that used to flourish along the cliffs are already a rarity due to current construction projects, Burton said. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Sep. 2021 Friday’s media tour was the second event this week to feature construction projects on Pill Hill, the nexus of medicine in Cincinnati. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, 24 Sep. 2021

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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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12 Oct 2021

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“Construction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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