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v. con·strued, con·stru·ing, con·strues
1. To understand or explain the meaning of (something), especially in a particular way; interpret: The waiter construed my smile as assent. The editorial construed the act as irresponsible. See Synonyms at explain.
2. Grammar
a. To analyze the structure of (a clause or sentence).
b. To use syntactically: The noun fish can be construed as singular or plural.
3. To translate, especially aloud.
1. To analyze grammatical structure.
2. To be subject to grammatical analysis.
n. (kŏn′stro͞o′)
An interpretation or translation.

[Middle English construen, from Late Latin cōnstruere, from Latin, to build; see construct.]

con·stru′al n.


an act of construing
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Noun1.construal - an interpretation of the meaning of something; the act of construing
interpretation - an explanation that results from interpreting something; "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"
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As already shown by the experiment using single situations (computer animations), the construal of events corresponds to the English patterns both with respect to the selection of components as well as phasal decomposition.
Bach has frequently complained that authors conflate an epistemic construal (how to find out) with a metaphysical construal (what constitutes the nature of) the content.
Aiming to encourage a disciplinary alliance between cognitive linguistics and literary studies, this volume collects nine papers bringing together issues from poetics such as the construction of (text) worlds, character and characterization, narrative perspective, distancing discourse (including irony), humor, emotion, and poetic imagery and concepts from cognitive linguistics such as embodied cognition, construal and conceptualization, viewpoint mental spaces, iconicity, metaphorical mapping and conceptual blending, construction grammar, and figure/ground alignment in cognition.
s own distinctive disenchantment with, and articulation of, the secular construal of the person as devoid of any connection to transcendence, and his own application and development of Benedict's fundamental theological insights as a powerful response and measure.
Those who regard Kant as a moral reductionist are especially likely to offer a negative construal of the densely-argued subsection of his 1793 Religion that relates directly to this issue.
1 further explores the exploitation of metonymic construal in this kind of highly expressive, informal, and humorous language use.
Perhaps owing to this research environment, and the peculiar profile of the families involved, Parpola's purchase on the modern lives of her subjects is sought primarily through a deeply Indological construal of their past.
While I find the argument compelling--particularly in the case of Mill--my interest centers on Soule's Commercial Autonomy construal.
For Langacker, subjectivity comes with "how the conceptualizer chooses to construe the situation and portrays it for expressive purposes" (Langacker 1990: 5), or, in other words, is a dimension of the construal that happens to be imposed on the content an expression evokes.
Given the strong protection now given to the right of patients and their families to reject resuscitation after cardiac arrest in situations very close to death, there is a very strong argument that the second construal of irreversible--whether a morally defensible decision against resuscitation has occurred--is the appropriate one in these cases.
Holmes's erratic construal of Locke stands, therefore, as a cautionary example of how an ideologically inspired fervor to come down on the side of the angels can hopelessly bedevil thought.
Additionally, these chapters not only introduce the reader to an imaginative construal of McCormick's thought, they also vividly present the world of the pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic church, a world becoming increasingly distant in memory but not in significance; the great tradition of "probabilism" and the role it plays and does not play in McCormick's thought; and McCormick in dialogue with other premier theological ethicists of his time, both inside and outside of the Roman Catholic tradition: Charles E.