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[verb kuhn-struhkt; noun kon-struhkt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to build or form by putting together parts; frame; devise.
  2. Geometry. to draw (a figure) fulfilling certain given conditions.
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  1. something constructed.
  2. an image, idea, or theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simpler elements.
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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
Related formscon·struct·i·ble, adjectiveo·ver·con·struct, verb (used with object)pre·con·struct, verb (used with object)qua·si-con·struct·ed, adjectivewell-con·struct·ed, adjective


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1. erect, form.

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1. See make1.
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  • The ornamentation usually denotes the period when they were constructed.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • If a bridge was to be constructed, or a road repaired, he was sent for to superintend it.

  • They were constructed of ivory and jet, and their capitals were overlaid with the purest gold.


    William Godwin

  • It was constructed by an English company and was opened on the first day of January, 1873.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • This line was constructed and operated by a private company.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

British Dictionary definitions for constructed


verb (kənˈstrʌkt) (tr)
  1. to put together substances or parts, esp systematically, in order to make or build (a building, bridge, etc); assemble
  2. to compose or frame mentally (an argument, sentence, etc)
  3. geometry to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain requirements are satisfied
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noun (ˈkɒnstrʌkt)
  1. something formulated or built systematically
  2. a complex idea resulting from a synthesis of simpler ideas
  3. psychol a model devised on the basis of observation, designed to relate what is observed to some theoretical framework
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Derived Formsconstructible, adjectiveconstructor or 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 constructed



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

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

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