construct

verb
con·​struct | \ kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio) \
constructed; constructing; constructs

Definition of construct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make or form by combining or arranging parts or elements : build construct a bridge also : contrive, devise construct a plan
2 : to draw (a geometrical figure) with suitable instruments and under specified conditions Construct a regular hexagon with sides 3 inches long.
3 : to set in logical order

construct

noun
con·​struct | \ ˈkän-ˌstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio) \

Definition of construct (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something constructed by the mind: such as
a : a theoretical entity … the deductive study of abstract constructs— Daniel J. Boorstin
b : a working hypothesis or concept The unconscious was a construct that came from the daily effort to understand patients.
2 : a product of ideology, history, or social circumstances Privacy is more than a social construct or an idea; it is a condition of the body.— Sallie Tisdale

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Other Words from construct

Verb

constructability or less commonly constructibility \ kən-​ˌstrək-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce constructibility (audio) \ noun
constructable or constructible \ kən-​ˈstrək-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce constructible (audio) \ adjective
constructor \ kən-​ˈstrək-​tər How to pronounce constructor (audio) \ noun

Examples of construct in a Sentence

Verb

They plan to construct a barn behind the house. The author constructs all the stories around one theme. Construct a triangle that has sides of equal length.

Noun

He argues that time is a subjective construct with no objective existence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The top is constructed of a triple layer of fabric stretched over a frame made of aluminum, magnesium, and steel. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster Costs Almost $27,000 More than the Coupe," 30 May 2019 This Victorian-era property was constructed in Gothic style, a stunning contrast to the rugged Connemara landscape. Todd Plummer, Town & Country, "5 Amazing Locations in Ireland," 21 May 2019 La Residence, Franschhoek, South Africa This wine country hotel was constructed on a grand scale: triple-height ceilings, black-and-white marble floors, enormous chandeliers, wide verandas, and mountain views. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Hayward Field was constructed in 1919 as a football stadium and has held six U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Final Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field called 'bittersweet'," 25 May 2018 Officially, this limestone monolith was constructed as a memorial to the Hoosiers who served in past wars, but it is widely recognized as a symbol for both Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. Emily Hines, Indianapolis Star, "See Indianapolis from a new perspective with these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 22 May 2018 Other strategies, such as constructing barriers, shooting the animals with rubber buckshot and scaring them with firecrackers, have had little effect. Ryan Sabalow, sacbee, "To protect salmon in the Columbia, will we have to kill more sea lions?," 6 July 2018 You are forced to make the impossible decision of constructing your own menstrual products, using anything from clothing or notebook paper in place of a tampon. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Maine Politician Said Ensuring Free Pads and Tampons Would Make Jails Like a "Country Club"," 19 Mar. 2019 Only a few old-timers still possess the knack of constructing a wannigan that will survive the log drives. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Lost Art of Floating Logs Down the River," 16 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The events take place annually in New York City, Chicago and Atlanta with the goal of expanding the conversation around food and the culinary arts beyond the traditional white male construct. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "There Goes the Neighborhood: How Food Helps Drive Gentrification," 8 June 2018 Each one paired to a particular Stark child, with the fate of each bound together (making the death of Sansa's direwolf, Lady, at the hands of evil Joffrey huge foreshadowing into her fate, for example) was a gorgeous and meaningful construct. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will the Direwolves Come Back on 'Game of Thrones'?," 12 May 2019 In 1933, when the connection between the U.S. dollar and gold was effectively severed, cash truly became just a paper construct. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 But while this can be a splendidly fantastical apocalyptic framework, with lots of room for fascinating world-building, in The Meg, that construct is set aside pretty rapidly. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Jason Statham and a colossal shark can’t save The Meg from a lifeless existence," 9 Aug. 2018 Yet Bosnia and Herzegovina, the broken country patched together in 1995 at the end of the war, remains a fragile construct, riven by corruption, weak leadership, and ethnic and nationalist strains among communities — a metaphor for the Balkans. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "In a New Cold War With Russia, Balkans Become a Testing Ground," 10 Apr. 2018 Forget the societal constructs and norms, what the world is trying to tell you to do. Amanda Duarte, Town & Country, "An Etiquette Guide for the New Pot Elite," 14 Jan. 2019 As a body activist within the industry, shaking up social constructs and re-defining beauty ideals will always be a part of her day-to-day on the job as well as off, with 7.8 million followers looking out for her next #BeautyBeyondSize post. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Makeup Tricks to Simple Self-Care Tips, Ashley Graham's Stress-Free Guide to Holiday Vacation Packing," 8 Dec. 2018 Thus, once this gene-drive construct starts to spread, every mosquito is likely to either spread it further or be sterile. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Gene drive used to turn all female mosquitos sterile," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of construct

Verb

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for construct

Verb and Noun

Latin constructus, past participle of construere, from com- + struere to build — more at structure

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construct

verb

English Language Learners Definition of construct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to build or make (something physical, such as a road, bridge, or building)
: to make or create (something, such as a story or theory) by organizing ideas, words, etc.
mathematics : to draw (a shape) according to a set of instructions or rules

construct

noun

English Language Learners Definition of construct (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : something (such as an idea or a theory) that is formed in people's minds

construct

verb
con·​struct | \ kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio) \
constructed; constructing

Kids Definition of construct

: to make or form by combining parts construct a bridge

construct

noun
con·​struct | \ ˈkän-ˌstrəkt How to pronounce construct (audio) \

Medical Definition of construct

: something constructed especially by mental synthesis form a construct of a physical object by mentally assembling and integrating sense-data

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