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 wave of construction probably won't stop anytime soon, according to an analysis by apartment-tracking firm Yardi Matrix, even as the supply of new units outstrips demand from renters. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Boom to bust? Charlotte's at risk of building too many apartments, new study says," 6 July 2018 Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, head of the agency, visited Albuquerque to mark the start of construction on a multimillion-dollar complex that will serve as a new workspace for some 1,200 employees. Susan Montoya Bryan, The Seattle Times, "Nuclear security agency begins work on New Mexico complex," 2 July 2018 The proposals come at a pivotal time for the port and San Diego’s waterfront, where several major hotels and other projects are under construction or in the planning stages. David Garrick,, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018 Others, like Keystone Bar & Grill, are still under construction. Mallorie Sullivan,, "3 headlines: Cincinnati makes Kesha cry, Big Red Machine and lots of new food," 13 July 2018 Privacy - Terms There are about 27,000 apartments planned or under construction in the Charlotte region. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "A multimillion-dollar deal shows why Charlotte’s apartment boom is still going strong," 13 July 2018 The Wall Street Journal reports that Cohen secured a luxurious unit in the skyscraper under construction at 111 Murray Street back in April. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "WSJ: Michael Cohen Buys $6.7 Million Tribeca Apartment," 13 July 2018 Lilis also signed on with the Salt Creek Midstream system under construction to process the oil and funnel it to the main pipeline arteries such as EPIC. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Lilis may be an acquisition target," 13 July 2018 The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has drawn in Wynn Resorts as a third-party defendant in a dispute with FBT Everett Realty LLC, the previous owner of 30-plus acres that Wynn acquired in Everett to build its gaming resort now under construction. Jon Chesto,, "Gaming Commission drags Wynn Resorts into legal dispute with former Everett property owners," 12 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


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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