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Meaning of construe by Wiktionary Dictionary

construe


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /kənˈstruː/, X-SAMPA: /k@n"stru:/

    Etymology

    From Late Latin construo ( “to relate grammatically” ), from Latin construo ( “pile together” )

    Noun

    construe ( plural: construes )

    1. A translation .
    2. An interpretation .

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Explanation of construe by Wordnet Dictionary

construe


    Verb
    1. make sense of



    Definition of construe by GCIDE Dictionary

    construe


    1. Construe ( ?; Archaic ? ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Construed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Construing] [L. construere: cf. F. construire. See Construct.]
      1. To apply the rules of syntax to ( a sentence or clause ) so as to exhibit the structure, arrangement, or connection of, or to discover the sense; to explain the construction of; to interpret; to translate.

      2. To put a construction upon; to explain the sense or intention of; to interpret; to understand.

      Thus we are put to construe and paraphrase our own words to free ourselves either from the ignorance or malice of our enemies. Bp. Stilingfleet.

      And to be dull was construed to be good. Pope.