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[verb kuh n-struhkt; noun kon-struhkt] /verb kənˈstrʌkt; noun ˈkɒn strʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to build or form by putting together parts; frame; devise.
Geometry. to draw (a figure) fulfilling certain given conditions.
something constructed.
an image, idea, or theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simpler elements.
Origin of construct
late Middle English
1400-50 for earlier past participle sense; 1655-65 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin constrūctus (past participle of construere to construe), equivalent to con- con- + strūc- (variant stem of struere to build) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
constructible, adjective
overconstruct, verb (used with object)
preconstruct, verb (used with object)
quasi-constructed, adjective
well-constructed, adjective
1. erect, form.
Synonym Study
1. See make1. Unabridged
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  • Such precautions have existed in all well-constructed democracies.

  • Now, these are the first terms of all well-constructed bas-relief.

  • In contrast with this well-constructed program comes one from an Illinois club which shows a certain confusion.

    The Complete Club Book for Women Caroline French Benton
  • The hut was large and well-constructed, though now a little falling to decay.

    Frank Oldfield T.P. Wilson
  • Even Robinson's well-constructed residence had probably cost only three thousand more than he himself planned to spend.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • But the question is, whether in a well-constructed rifle, the bullet does strip?

    Gunnery in 1858 William Greener
  • It is easily worked and hardens on weathering, and its use gives a well-constructed appearance to the streets.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • In a well-constructed monument that which enraptures us is the science of its depths.

  • The contents of a well-constructed cache may keep half a dozen years without spoiling.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for well-constructed


adjective (well constructed when postpositive)
made or having been made to a high standard of workmanship and safety


verb (transitive) (kənˈstrʌkt)
to put together substances or parts, esp systematically, in order to make or build (a building, bridge, etc); assemble
to compose or frame mentally (an argument, sentence, etc)
(geometry) to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain requirements are satisfied
noun (ˈkɒnstrʌkt)
something formulated or built systematically
a complex idea resulting from a synthesis of simpler ideas
(psychol) a model devised on the basis of observation, designed to relate what is observed to some theoretical framework
Derived Forms
constructible, adjective
constructor, constructer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin constructus piled up, from construere to heap together, build, from struere to arrange, erect
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Word Origin and History for well-constructed



early 15c., from Latin constructus, past participle of construere "to heap up" (see construction). Related: Constructed; constructing.


1871 in linguistics, 1890 in psychology, 1933 in the general sense of "anything constructed;" from construct (v.).



1871 in linguistics, 1890 in psychology, 1933 in the general sense of "anything constructed;" from construct (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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