con·struc·tion | \kən-ˈstrək-shən \

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, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective
constructionally adverb

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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The school system’s plans have been challenged by the Interagency Commission on School Construction, a group that allocates school construction dollars. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "New snags in planning for a new, or remodeled, Columbia elementary school," 13 July 2018 During construction, north/south traffic will be detoured to La Grange Road, via LaPorte Road and U.S. Route 30. Susan Demar Lafferty, Daily Southtown, "Wolf Road closed for bridge repairs in Mokena," 13 July 2018 Anil took the construction, telecommunications, asset management, entertainment and power generation businesses. Fortune, "8 Things to Know About Mukesh Ambani, Asia's Newest Richest Man," 13 July 2018 Airport administrators credited the high price tag to the complexities of building inside a 24-hour facility, which restricts construction to the overnight hours. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Atlanta airport reveals it spent nearly $4M on dog bathrooms," 13 July 2018 The estimated cost in 2016 was $20.2 million, with a 24-month construction period. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Riley Lumber Property Purchase In Sight," 14 July 2018 More clearance is required for large construction equipment to gain access to the project site. Emily Bloch,, "Flamingo Townhomes to undergo 'drainage improvement project'," 13 July 2018 The building appeared to be industrial, possibly an under-construction business. Jeff Weiner,, "Crews battle major fire off State Road 434 in Longwood: report," 13 July 2018 Each involves some combination of redistricting, construction and magnet school shifts. Libby Solomon,, "Firm presents 7 scenarios to address Balto. Co. high school overcrowding; all include new Towson High," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \

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


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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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