Construe meaning

kən-stro͝o
To translate (a passage) orally.
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To translate, especially aloud.
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An interpretation or translation.
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To analyze (a sentence, clause, etc.) so as to show its syntactic construction and its meaning.
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To explain or deduce the meaning of; interpret.

Her silence was construed as agreement.

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To infer or deduce.
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To combine in syntax.

The verb “let,” unlike “permit,” is construed with an infinitive omitting the “to”

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To analyze sentence structure, esp. in translating.
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To be able to be construed, as a sentence.
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To analyze, explain, interpret. See also construction.
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To interpret or explain the meaning of something.

The world must construe according to its wits; this court must construe according to the law.

Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons, 1954

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(grammar) To analyze the grammatical structure of a clause or sentence.
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The definition of construe is to explain or give the meaning of or to analyze or figure out.

An example of construe is to put together a tale to explain missing money.

An example of construe is to look at evidence to figure out who took the money.

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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.

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To analyze grammatical structure.
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To be subject to grammatical analysis.
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Origin of construe

  • Middle English construen from Late Latin cōnstruere from Latin to build construct

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary