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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.
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.
An interpretation or translation.
[Middle English construen, from Late Latin cōnstruere, from Latin, to build; see construct.]
vb (mainly tr) , -strues, -struing or -strued
1. to interpret the meaning of (something): you can construe that in different ways.
2. (may take a clause as object) to discover by inference; deduce
3. (Grammar) to analyse the grammatical structure of; parse (esp a Latin or Greek text as a preliminary to translation)
4. (Grammar) to combine (words) syntactically
5. (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
[C14: from Latin construere to pile up; see construct]
con•strue(v. kənˈstru; esp. Brit. ˈkɒn stru; n. ˈkɒn stru)
v. -strued, -stru•ing,
1. to give or explain the meaning or intention of; interpret.
2. to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer.
3. to analyze the grammatical structure of, esp. combined with translating: to construe a Latin sentence.
4. to arrange or combine (words, phrases, etc.) syntactically.v.i.
5. to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
6. to analyze grammatical structure.n.
7. the act of construing.
8. something that is construed.
[1325–75; Middle English < Latin construere to put together, build =con- con- + struere to pile up, arrange]
Past participle: construed
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|Verb||1.||construe - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"|
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
be amiss, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misunderstand, misinterpret - interpret in the wrong way; "Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism"; "She misconstrued my remarks"
read between the lines - read what is implied but not expressed on the surface
mythicise, mythicize - interpret as a myth or in terms of mythology; "mythicize the ancient stories"
reinterpret - assign a new or different meaning to
read, take - interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!"
read - interpret something that is written or printed; "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
educe, elicit, evoke, extract, draw out - deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning); "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"
1. To make understandable:
Idiom: put into plain English.