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construe

[ verb kuhn-stroo; noun kon-stroo ]
/ verb kənˈstru; noun ˈkɒn stru /
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verb (used with object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
verb (used without object), con·strued, con·stru·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 1325–75; Middle English construen, from Latin construere “to put together, build,” equivalent to con- con- + struere “to pile up, arrange,” perhaps akin to sternere “to spread, scatter”; see strew, stratum

OTHER WORDS FROM construe

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

construe
/ (kənˈstruː) /

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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