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


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


constructability or less commonly constructibility \ kən-​ˌstrək-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce construct (audio) \ noun
constructable or constructible \ kən-​ˈstrək-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce construct (audio) \ adjective
constructor \ kən-​ˈstrək-​tər How to pronounce construct (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 Another goal is to construct and test a hypersonic engine, and then to build and test three of Hermeus' Quarterhorse concept aircraft (pictured at the top of this story). Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 13 Sep. 2021 There has not been an appetite to construct a better model, even as the weaknesses of the current systems become more pronounced. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 11 Sep. 2021 Patrick spoke of an invasion when explaining the need for the state to construct a wall along its southern border with Mexico and plans to arrest migrants on trespassing charges, which immigration experts say is legally questionable. Dallas News, 18 June 2021 To construct Flyer I, the Wright brothers used unbleached muslin fabric, reports Nicoletta Lanese for Live Science. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Apr. 2021 In his proclamation, Biden wrote that the government would no longer divert taxpayer dollars to construct a border wall. Jessica Hill, USA TODAY, 3 Feb. 2021 In his first day in office, Biden terminated the national emergency declaration issued by Trump that was used to divert $10 billion from the Defense Department to construct the wall. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 21 Jan. 2021 Trump's campaign for the presidency in 2016 focused extensively on the president's desire to construct a border wall. Kevin Freking, Chron, 10 Jan. 2021 Trump's campaign for the presidency in 2016 focused extensively on the president's desire to construct a border wall. Kevin Freking, Star Tribune, 9 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hoffman, who was far to the left of Thiel, countered that property was a social construct. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 In the universe of teen romantic comedies, the prom is a naturally fitting narrative construct. Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2021 Their specific experience of time was a cultural construct, deeply embedded within their industrial-capitalist and Christian society. Larissa Crawford,, 8 July 2021 The construct of Great Britain stems from the 18th-century Act of Union, which united Scotland with England. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, 25 July 2021 At the end of his one-man show as Mark Twain, Val Kilmer would sit on-stage as his makeup was removed while taking questions from the audience, slowly revealing the real person behind the construct everyone had been looking at. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 Contradictions and lack of nuance within those visions will only continue to warp regulation and the construct of alternative models to unchecked state and corporate surveillance. Justin Sherman, Wired, 26 May 2021 Various members of academia and the media have asserted that critical race theory is not a tangible curriculum and rather a construct created by Republicans to attack Democrats. Nikolas Lanum, Fox News, 21 July 2021 In some ways — too many ways, critics argue — the Olympics are stuck in time, a 19th century construct floating through a 21st century world. New York Times, 15 July 2021

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First Known Use of construct


1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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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.
: to draw (a shape) according to a set of instructions or rules



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

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


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


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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