[verb kuhn-struhkt; noun kon-struhkt]
- 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
Synonyms for construct
1. See make1.
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- 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
- 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
Word Origin for construct
C17: from Latin constructus piled up, from construere to heap together, build, from struere to arrange, erect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.).
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