[verb kuh n-stroo or, esp. British, kon-stroo; noun kon-stroo]
- to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret.
- to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer: He construed her intentions from her gestures.
- to translate, especially orally.
- to analyze the syntax of; to rehearse the applicable grammatical rules of: to construe a sentence.
- to arrange or combine (words, phrases, etc.) syntactically.
- to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
- the act of construing.
- something that is construed.
Origin of construe
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Examples from the Web for construing
Vivian Lynch felt Whitehead was wrong in construing this as an invasion-of-privacy case.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
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For their construing I have been given what schoolboys call a crib.Another Sheaf
The same caution should be observed in construing the terms of an agreement.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The next day the Sixth Form, as usual, went into the library to do their construing.Captain Bayley's Heir:
G. A. Henty
He held it open, but the period of construing had evidently passed.The Shadow of Life
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
"Nay, I meant no offence," he said, construing the look correctly.Boscobel: or, the royal oak
William Harrison Ainsworth
- to interpret the meaning of (something)you can construe that in different ways
- (may take a clause as object) to discover by inference; deduce
- to analyse the grammatical structure of; parse (esp a Latin or Greek text as a preliminary to translation)
- to combine (words) syntactically
- (also intr) old-fashioned to translate literally, esp aloud as an academic exercise
- old-fashioned something that is construed, such as a piece of translation
C14: from Latin construere to pile up; see construct
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Word Origin and History for construing
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