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


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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Himalayan Grill will return to Peter’s Landing in a new unit once construction is complete, Mahato said Monday. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Himalayan Grill temporarily moving into former Don the Beachcomber site in Sunset Beach," 10 Sep. 2019 Months after construction began, much about Homeland Security’s $25-million tent courts in South Texas remains a mystery, even to lawyers who expect to represent their migrant clients as soon as this week. Los Angeles Times, "Tent courthouses for migrants to open along Texas border, as questions abound," 9 Sep. 2019 The construction of a new tourist attraction may begin as soon as this year with approval from the Independence City Council. Laura Bednar,, "Independence considers adding a brewery and restaurant to the city," 8 Sep. 2019 Watch for construction to begin soon on OWA RV Park Resort which will be located just northeast of Pride Drive in Foley and scheduled to open by the end of the year. Kathy Jumper, al, "Investors buy Serda building," 8 Sep. 2019 Dat's center acquired the 15.5 acres of land in the Iroquois Park area in 2016, and with donations from the community, construction on the 14,000-square-feet building began in spring 2018. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Vietnamese Buddhist temple opens in Iroquois Park 'for the whole Louisville community'," 6 Sep. 2019 The construction began immediately after the Raiders hired Gruden in January 2018. Jenny Vrentas And Greg Bishop,, "The Raiders Are Jon Gruden’s Show Now," 6 Sep. 2019 Now construction is underway at 3638 Navajo St., in the heart of the longtime Navajo Street Art District where, in recent years, many of the galleries have closed because of rising rents. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "North Denver’s first boutique hotel and hostel opens next year — and it wants to compete with Airbnb prices," 6 Sep. 2019 The transportation department expects construction to be ongoing through the summer of 2022, but parts of the project might be done sooner. USA TODAY, "Rare elephant calf, two-headed rattlesnake, another quake off Oregon: News from around our 50 states," 6 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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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 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


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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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