[verb kuh n-stroo or, esp. British, kon-stroo; noun kon-stroo]
verb (used with object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), con·strued, con·stru·ing.
to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
the act of construing.
something that is construed.
Origin of construe
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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
Word Origin for construe
C14: from Latin construere to pile up; see construct
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