verb (used with object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
verb (used without object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
- constructive dismissal,
- constructive interference,
Origin of construe
Examples from the Web for construe
But you must not, my dearest friend, construe common gratitude into love.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
Ex vultibus hominum mores colligere—To construe men's characters by their looks.
One Gospel in many dialects,—that is the great Pentecost lesson, construe the miracle as we may.Studies of Christianity|James Martineau
The oath might, if needful, be construed very strictly, and William was disposed to construe it very strictly.William the Conqueror|Edward Augustus Freeman
When he found the place in his book and began to construe, he floundered hopelessly.Mike|P. G. Wodehouse
verb -strues, -struing or -strued (mainly tr)
Word Origin for construe
late 14c., from Late Latin construere "to relate grammatically," in classical Latin "to build up, pile together" (see construction); also see construct (v.), which is a later acquisition of the same word. Related: Construed; construing; construal.