verb (used with object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
verb (used without object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
Origin of construe
Examples from the Web for construes
That Campfield construes gayness to be a dangerous act may be rooted in his faulty understanding of HIV and AIDS.‘Don’t Say Gay’ Is Back: 5 Things to Know About the Tennessee Bill|Kevin Fallon|January 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He construes treaties and asserts the rights of our government and our citizens under them.Ethics in Service|William Howard Taft
He also construes the two great powers distributed over the three orders, the beautiful and the sublime.The Aesthetical Essays|Friedrich Schiller
It has been dubbed "an atrocious act of simony;" but the reasoning that so construes it is none so clear.The Life of Cesare Borgia|Raphael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for construes
verb -strues, -struing or -strued (mainly tr)
Word Origin for construe
Word Origin and History for construes
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.