I. verb (construed; construing) Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin construere, from Latin, to construct Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to analyze the arrangement and connection of words in (a sentence or sentence part) 2. to understand or explain the sense or intention of usually in a particular way or with respect to a given set of circumstances <
construed my actions as hostile
intransitive verb to construe a sentence or sentence part especially in connection with translating • construable adjective II. noun Date: 1844 an act or the result of construing especially by piecemeal translation

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  • construe — (v.) late 14c., from L.L. construere to relate grammatically, in classical Latin to build up, pile together (see CONSTRUCTION (Cf. construction)); also see CONSTRUCT (Cf. construct), which is a later acquisition of the same word. Related:… …   Etymology dictionary

  • construe — vb explicate, elucidate, interpret, expound, *explain Analogous words: *analyze, resolve, break down, dissect: *understand, comprehend, appreciate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • construe — [v] deduce; explain analyze, decipher, define, explicate, expound, figure it to be*, infer, interpret, one’s best guess*, parse, read, render, spell out, take, translate, understand; concepts 37,57 …   New thesaurus

  • construe — ► VERB (construes, construed, construing) (often be construed) ▪ interpret in a particular way. DERIVATIVES construable adjective construal noun. ORIGIN Latin construere heap together, build …   English terms dictionary

  • construe — [kən stro͞o′] vt. construed, construing [ME construen < L construere: see CONSTRUCT] 1. to analyze (a sentence, clause, etc.) so as to show its syntactic construction and its meaning 2. loosely to translate (a passage) orally 3. to explain or… …   English World dictionary

  • construe — UK [kənˈstruː] / US [kənˈstru] verb [transitive] Word forms construe : present tense I/you/we/they construe he/she/it construes present participle construing past tense construed past participle construed formal to understand the meaning of… …   English dictionary

  • construe — 1. noun /kənˈstruː/ a) A translation. b) An interpretation. 2. verb /kənˈstruː/ a) To interpret or explain the meaning …   Wiktionary

  • construe — v. 1) (d; tr.) to construe as (he construed the statement as a threat) 2) (M) I construed his speech to be a warning * * * [kən struː] (M) I construed his speech to be a warning (d;tr.) to construe as (he construed the statement as a threat) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • construe — con|strue [ kən stru ] verb transitive FORMAL to understand the meaning of something in a particular way: INTERPRET: construe something as something: Please do not construe this as any criticism of yourself …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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