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construct

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verb con·struct \kən-ˈstrəkt\

Definition of construct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make or form by combining or arranging parts or elements :  build; also :  contrive, devise

  3. 2 :  to draw (a geometrical figure) with suitable instruments and under specified conditions

  4. 3 :  to set in logical order

constructability

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constructibility

\-ˌstrək-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

constructable

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constructible

play \-ˈstrək-tə-bəl\ adjective

constructor

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Examples of construct in a sentence

  1. They plan to construct a barn behind the house.

  2. The author constructs all the stories around one theme.

  3. Construct a triangle that has sides of equal length.

Origin and Etymology of construct

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


First Known Use: 1663


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construct

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noun con·struct \ˈkän-ˌstrəkt\

Definition of construct

  1. 1 :  something constructed by the mind: as a :  a theoretical entity <the deductive study of abstract constructs — D. J. Boorstin> b :  a working hypothesis or concept <the unconscious was a construct that came from the daily effort to understand patients>

  2. 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>

Examples of construct in a sentence

  1. He argues that time is a subjective construct with no objective existence.

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First Known Use of construct

1933



CONSTRUCT Defined for English Language Learners

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construct

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verb con·struct \kən-ˈstrəkt\

Definition of construct for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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noun con·struct \ˈkän-ˌstrəkt\

Definition of construct for English Language Learners

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


CONSTRUCT Defined for Kids

construct

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verb con·struct \kən-ˈstrəkt\

Definition of construct for Students

constructed

constructing

  1. :  to make or form by combining parts <construct a bridge>

Word Root of construct

The Latin word struere, meaning “to build,” and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.


Medical Dictionary

construct

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noun con·struct \ˈkän-ˌstrəkt\

Medical Definition of construct

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



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