con·​struc·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio) \

Definition of construction

1 : the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining
2a : the process, art, or manner of constructing something Construction of the new bridge will begin in the spring. also : a thing constructed
b : the construction industry working in construction
3 : the arrangement and connection of words or groups of words in a sentence : syntactical arrangement That verb is often used in passive constructions.
4 : a sculpture that is put together out of separate pieces of often disparate materials

Other Words from construction

constructional \ kən-​ˈstrək-​shnəl How to pronounce construction (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
constructionally adverb

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Examples of construction in a Sentence

Construction of the new bridge will begin in the spring. Construction on the bridge will occur daily from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. Note the similar construction of the buildings. Some people think it is wrong to end a sentence with a preposition, but the construction is quite common in English. That verb is commonly used in passive constructions. This word is used in positive constructions.
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Recent Examples on the Web Houthi rebels claimed Monday to have carried out attacks on two locations in the United Arab Emirates that killed three people, causing an explosion involving three fuel trucks and a fire at a construction site at Abu Dhabi’s airport. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2022 Islam Abu Zaher is a physician who was working the overnight shift at the Arab Medical Center just yards from the construction site. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2022 The construction site is on the former Geauga Lake Park property. cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 After the fossil was discovered at a construction site in China nearly 90 years ago, a family hid it until a farmer gave it to a university museum in 2018. Joe Spring, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2021 Baby Yingliang was in a cache of fossils that were delivered in 2000 to the Yingliang Stone Nature History Museum in the Chinese city of Nan’an, possibly after they had been found at a construction site in the nearby city of Ganzhou. NBC News, 21 Dec. 2021 That limits the amount of time that's required to piece its components together on an expensive construction site. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 19 Dec. 2021 Within a week, five more noose-like hanging ropes were found on the construction site. Susan Dunne,, 17 Dec. 2021 Vargas has been giving hard-hat tours of the construction site to donors, the media and local officials for about a year, usually relying on artist renderings to show what the building will look like when finished. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of construction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for construction

see construct entry 1

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21 Jan 2022

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“Construction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of construction

: the act or process of building something (such as a house or road)
: the business of building things (such as houses or roads)
: the way something is built or made


con·​struc·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio) \

Kids Definition of construction

1 : the process, art, or manner of building something
2 : something built or put together : structure a flimsy construction
3 : the arrangement of words and the relationship between words in a sentence


con·​struc·​tion | \ kən-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce construction (audio) \

Legal Definition of construction

: the act or result of construing, interpreting, or explaining meaning or effect (as of a statute or contract) the construction placed upon an agreement— J. D. Calamari and J. M. Perillo

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