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 And in parts of Bali, villagers construct cotton kites up to 13 feet tall — shaped like leaves, birds or fish — that are flown in competitions during the dry season to show gratitude for a successful harvest. New York Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, in Kentucky, Ford will construct two battery plants in a new complex called Blue Oval SK Battery Park near Louisville. Peter Lyon, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 My paternal grandfather, a retired district judge, had used all of his savings to design and construct this grand, two-story residence, with its terrace and balconies. Indra Nooyi, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 If approved, Wangard will construct seven buildings with 25 or 26 units per building. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Sep. 2021 Southern Cal should construct a big digital display board at the entrance to campus, similar to the national debt clock near Bryant Park in New York City. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 12 Sep. 2021 Additionally, the business plans to construct an 85-square-foot addition at the southeast corner of the building to accommodate some improvements to their kitchen, speeding up production. Bob Bong,, 8 Sep. 2021 The University of Texas at San Antonio plans to construct two educational buildings on either side of the creek between Dolorosa and Nueva streets, turning part of the Culture Park into a sort of mini-campus. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Sep. 2021 Bridge Housing will construct the affordable housing portion of the 329-unit Aviara Apartments approved by the city Planning Commission in December 2020 for the master developer Summerhill Apartment Communities. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to investigating the emotional and physical sense of home, Han’s also intrigued by the ways that race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and spirituality shape that construct. Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 An Argentine generation has grown from a feminist construct, from attending demonstrations to the Marea Verde. John Hopewell, Variety, 19 Sep. 2021 This idea, of a magnetic monopole, has been around for a long time as a purely theoretical construct, but there are reasons to take it seriously as a physical presence in our Universe. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The inherent challenge with this sort of construct, however, comes from avoiding a buildup that's significantly better than the resolution. Brian Lowry, CNN, 24 Aug. 2021 One session will feature discuss the development of race as a social construct and the continuing consequences of baseless claims that race is grounded in biological differences. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Aug. 2021 All a belief is, is a construct that filters the experience of your reality on a daily basis and dictates your actions. Jp Dallmann, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 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

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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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The first known use of construct was in 1663

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10 Oct 2021

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“Construct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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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