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construct

[verb kuh n-struhkt; noun kon-struhkt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to build or form by putting together parts; frame; devise.
  2. Geometry. to draw (a figure) fulfilling certain given conditions.
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noun
  1. something constructed.
  2. an image, idea, or theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simpler elements.
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Origin of construct

1400–50 for earlier past participle sense; 1655–65 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin constrūctus (past participle of construere to construe), equivalent to con- con- + strūc- (variant stem of struere to build) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formscon·struct·i·ble, adjectiveo·ver·con·struct, verb (used with object)pre·con·struct, verb (used with object)qua·si-con·struct·ed, adjectivewell-con·struct·ed, adjective

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1. erect, form.

Synonym study

1. See make1.
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Historical Examples

  • Now, these are the first terms of all well-constructed bas-relief.

  • The hut was large and well-constructed, though now a little falling to decay.

    Frank Oldfield

    T.P. Wilson

  • But the question is, whether in a well-constructed rifle, the bullet does strip?

    Gunnery in 1858

    William Greener

  • They employ the finest machinery, and have well-constructed dairies.

  • In a well-constructed monument that which enraptures us is the science of its depths.


British Dictionary definitions for well-constructed

well-constructed

adjective (well constructed when postpositive)
  1. made or having been made to a high standard of workmanship and safety
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construct

verb (kənˈstrʌkt) (tr)
  1. to put together substances or parts, esp systematically, in order to make or build (a building, bridge, etc); assemble
  2. to compose or frame mentally (an argument, sentence, etc)
  3. geometry to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain requirements are satisfied
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noun (ˈkɒnstrʌkt)
  1. something formulated or built systematically
  2. a complex idea resulting from a synthesis of simpler ideas
  3. psychol a model devised on the basis of observation, designed to relate what is observed to some theoretical framework
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Derived Formsconstructible, adjectiveconstructor or constructer, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin constructus piled up, from construere to heap together, build, from struere to arrange, erect
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Word Origin and History for well-constructed

construct

v.

early 15c., from Latin constructus, past participle of construere "to heap up" (see construction). Related: Constructed; constructing.

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construct

n.

1871 in linguistics, 1890 in psychology, 1933 in the general sense of "anything constructed;" from construct (v.).

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