[verb kuh n-stroo or, esp. British, kon-stroo; noun kon-stroo]
- to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret.
- to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer: He construed her intentions from her gestures.
- to translate, especially orally.
- to analyze the syntax of; to rehearse the applicable grammatical rules of: to construe a sentence.
- to arrange or combine (words, phrases, etc.) syntactically.
- to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
- the act of construing.
- something that is construed.
Origin of construe
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Arguably under that logic, any action could be construed as “speech.”The Supreme Court Turns the First Amendment Into a Weapon for Corporations
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The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.P.J. O’Rourke: Who Really Actually Wants This Bill of Rights?
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It's not an insult to farmers (though could be construed as one to Grassley); it's just a gaffe.Picking Crops And Picking Judges
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By the most liberal interpretation no phrase of his could be construed as a reflection on the stranger.Quaint Courtships
The word has however been construed “chief spearmen,” and “of the stock of.”Y Gododin
They partake of the imperfect nature of language, and must not be construed in too strict a manner.Gorgias
I would not only shun every evil, but every appearance of evil, or what might be construed into an appearance.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
Lambert gave him the benefit of the doubt and construed him to mean his own.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
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- 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
- old-fashioned something that is construed, such as a piece of translation
C14: from Latin construere to pile up; see construct
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Word Origin and History for construed
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