construction

noun
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

Synonyms for construction

Synonyms

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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About seven years for construction of the new tunnel, once all approvals are in place. Washington Post, "Why a Rail Tunnel Under the Hudson River Is Stuck in Washington," 18 Sep. 2019 Lastly, the soon-to-be-built new Westlake senior center and community services building is currently soliciting bids for construction. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "New Marc’s plaza is cornerstone of Westlake’s current economic development," 17 Sep. 2019 Landry said the building, construction of which was recently completed, was reduced to a hole in the ground. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Firefighter killed in explosion at Farmington, Maine, center for adults with disabilities," 16 Sep. 2019 Importantly, this prevailing myth conflicted with early constructions of the ideal mother, who was characterized as pure, chaste, and white. BostonGlobe.com, "a new survey of 2,700 US women published in June," 14 Sep. 2019 MSC’s Florida presence has included a multi-ship presence at PortMiami and the construction of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "MSC Cruises expands Florida footprint, to sail from Tampa," 12 Sep. 2019 Yet that same year, people regularly protested the construction of new shelters in their communities. Troy Rondinone, The Conversation, "A plan to monitor the mentally ill? History of mental illness and stigma provides insights," 12 Sep. 2019 In 2014, during the construction of a new chemical transfer facility, the workers allegedly were repeatedly exposed to toxic chemical releases from the existing chemical transfer facility, the statement said, citing the indictment. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Grand jury indicts oilfield company for felonies after workers say they were injured by chemical release," 12 Sep. 2019 In July, the court allowed the administration to begin using $2.5 billion in Pentagon money for the construction of a barrier along the Mexican border. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Says Trump Can Bar Asylum Seekers While Legal Fight Continues," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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construction

noun

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

construction

noun
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

construction

noun
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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