[ verb kuhn-stroo; noun kon-stroo ]
/ verb kənˈstru; noun ˈkɒn stru /
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verb (used with object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
the act of construing.
something that is construed.
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Origin of construe
OTHER WORDS FROM construecon·stru·er, noun
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How to use construe in a sentence
Vivian Lynch felt Whitehead was wrong in construing this as an invasion-of-privacy case.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial|Ivan Solotaroff|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The known usage of trade may also be taken into account in construing the language of a policy.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Again there was no reply; but the horses, gratefully construing the final syllable to their own needs, came to a full stop.A Daughter of the Vine|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
It is getting the various possible meanings-of-the-data into such shape as to make them most useful in construing the data.Essays in Experimental Logic|John Dewey
The intention must be clear, and courts in general are averse to construing legacies to be specific.The Curiosities and Law of Wills|John Proffatt
I shall be contented with construing my motives in my own way.Ormond, Volume II (of 3)|Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for 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
old-fashioned something that is construed, such as a piece of translation
Derived forms of construeconstruable, adjectiveconstruability, nounconstruer, noun
Word Origin for construe
C14: from Latin construere to pile up; see construct
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