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construe

[ verb kuhn-stroo; noun kon-stroo ]
/ verb k蓹n藞stru; noun 藞k蓲n stru /
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Definition of construe

verb (used with object), con路strued, con路stru路ing.
verb (used without object), con路strued, con路stru路ing.
to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
noun
the act of construing.
something that is construed.
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Origin of construe

First recorded in 1325鈥75; Middle English construen, from Latin construere 鈥渢o put together, build,鈥 equivalent to con- con- + struere 鈥渢o pile up, arrange,鈥 perhaps akin to sternere 鈥渢o spread, scatter鈥; see strew, stratum

OTHER WORDS FROM construe

con路stru路er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for construe

construe
/ (k蓹n藞stru藧) /

verb -strues, -struing or -strued (mainly tr)
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
noun
old-fashioned something that is construed, such as a piece of translation

Derived forms of construe

construable, adjectiveconstruability, nounconstruer, noun

Word Origin for construe

C14: from Latin construere to pile up; see construct
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