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 documentary, which premiered this spring at the South by Southwest festival, takes a trip along the river to see what’s at stake if a U.S.-Mexico border wall is constructed. Mary Anne Potts, National Geographic, "Exploring the Rio Grande by horse, canoe, and mountain bike—before a wall," 17 June 2019 Although the building itself, on 828 Broadway, was constructed in 1902, Wyden's father didn't open the bookstore until 1927. Fox News, "New York bookstore clashes with de Blasio over historic landmark designation: 'It's really no honor'," 16 June 2019 Parts of the bluffs are made of robust mudstone, but other sections are precarious, such as those filled with loose materials when the railroad was first constructed. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Senate leader Atkins secures funding to stabilize crumbling Del Mar cliffs," 14 June 2019 The new model allows 38,000 houses to be constructed on 30 percent of the land. Diana Budds, Curbed, "This suburban utopia is all about worshipping nature," 14 June 2019 City officials say the landmark designation is a way to preserve gems like the Strand, while more and more old buildings give way to shiny new developments, like the $250 million tech training center that’s being constructed in nearby Union Square. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "This bookstore is an NYC landmark. Being named one by the city will threaten it, the owner says.," 14 June 2019 Yet just as new music may be made entirely out of samples, creating something at once fresh and familiar, so too can a decent television series be constructed out of existing parts. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Review: Cop drama 'City On A Hill' finds Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's Boston is no beacon," 14 June 2019 European-style compact cars whooshed by the busy avenue near where a subway was being constructed under streets with names like Allenby (after British general Edmund Allenby). Debbie Spingarn, BostonGlobe.com, "A familial journey to Israel, launched with a simple cheek swab," 13 June 2019 But any large restoration effort triggers seismic upgrades, as well as structural standards far more exacting than when the piers were constructed in the early 20th century. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Plan unveiled for San Francisco’s waterfront — includes Ferry Building ‘piazza’," 12 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nevertheless, the legacies of racial and ethnic constructs can be spotted in everything from housing to health. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Race and ethnicity: How are they different?," 12 June 2019 That’s also the case with the approach known as constructivism — the idea that every society’s scientific theories are a social construct, like its political institutions, and have to be understood as coming out of a particular cultural milieu. Quanta Magazine, "Science’s Path From Myth to Multiverse," 17 Mar. 2015 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

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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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