Construe Definition

construed, construes, construing
construed, construes, construing
To analyze sentence structure, esp. in translating.
Webster's New World
To be able to be construed, as a sentence.
Webster's New World
To explain or deduce the meaning of; interpret.
Her silence was construed as agreement.
Webster's New World
To analyze (a sentence, clause, etc.) so as to show its syntactic construction and its meaning.
Webster's New World
To translate (a passage) orally.
Webster's New World
An interpretation or translation.
American Heritage

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

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