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

Synonyms for construction


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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Photos from the Samara website show a tarp, tents with construction equipment, and (rather bizarrely) a llama. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Is Airbnb’s next move building houses?," 29 Nov. 2018 With their straight edges and sturdy construction, business cards make for a great assist on the journey to an expert-level wing. SELF, "5 Eyeliner Hacks That Helped Me Nail a Perfect Cat-Eye," 12 Oct. 2018 Elements that Amtrak studies include switches, the type of territory, the number of grade-level crossings, construction equipment along the track and the weather forecast, Meko said. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "Railroads have improved safety since fatal S.C. collision, Amtrak and CSX officials say," 10 July 2018 Marty was a polished salesman, utilizing his engineering knowledge to sell construction equipment for Rowen Leahy and H.O. Penn to municipalities and towns., "Martin B. Courneen," 8 July 2018 That can range from fireproof construction to strategically removing fire-prone trees. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The Paradise fire is catastrophic. And the wildfire threat to California is only growing.," 17 Nov. 2018 Officials are in the process of adding an additional Yellow line subway stop here, and all this new construction will give Amazon an opportunity to shape the area to fit its needs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Amazon is getting more than $2 billion for NYC and Virginia expansions," 13 Nov. 2018 What Long Island City does have is a lot of new apartment construction, contributing to an oversupply that’s leading to declining rental costs. Rani Molla, Recode, "How Amazon’s proposed HQ2 and HQ3 locations compare with Seattle and the U.S. overall," 6 Nov. 2018 Despite this injunction, ETP continued construction with plans to complete the pipeline by the end of 2018. Mary Lovell, Teen Vogue, "Bayou Bridge Pipeline Meets Resistance from the L’eau Est La Vie Camp," 16 Oct. 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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The first known use of construction was in the 14th century

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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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