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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Her boyfriend, a construction worker, had done some renovation work on the Capitol building in Washington. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Each Day Is a Year’: A Migrant Mother’s Wait for a Reunion," 13 July 2018 And construction workers have arrived at Broad and Locust Streets. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 The blast happened after police got a call at 6:30 p.m. that construction workers working on a downtown street had punctured a WE Energies natural gas line. Todd Richmond,, "Firefighter killed in gas explosion, fire near Madison," 12 July 2018 No financial details of the agreement signed Tuesday were announced, but construction is expected to start as soon as official permits come through. Washington Post, "Stocks tumble as Asia braces for more US tariffs on China," 11 July 2018 LaFollette said construction is expected to start by the end of the month. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Hobart awards bids for high school aquatic center," 6 July 2018 The construction for the new downtown Kroger is expected to be completed in fall 2019, according to the City of Cincinnati. Madeline Mitchell,, "Traffic alert: Westbound Court Street closes Saturday," 6 July 2018 After approval by the joint review board, construction is expected to get underway soon. Henry J. Morgan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Germantown OKs Briggs & Stratton development agreement; distribution center expected to be built by December 2019," 5 July 2018 Holtzman, 42, a construction worker, shrugged off his injuries, saying the pellets just burned. Jonel Aleccia And Melissa Bailey, USA TODAY, "Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns," 1 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'construction.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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


con·​struc·​tion | \kən-ˈstrək-shən \

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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