construct

[ verb kuhn-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.

noun

something constructed.
an image, idea, or theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simpler elements.

Origin of construct

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

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Synonym study

1. See make1.
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construct


verb (kənˈstrʌkt) (tr)

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, adjectiveconstructor or constructer, noun

Word Origin for construct

C17: from Latin constructus piled up, from construere to heap together, build, from struere to arrange, erect
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