construe

  • 1 construe — I (comprehend) verb accipere, analyze, apprehend, ascertain the meaning of, assimilate, be aware of, be given to understand, cognize, conceive of, conclude, conclude from evidence, consignify, decipher, decode, deduce, deduce by interpretation,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Construe — Con*strue (?; 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,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

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

    Wiktionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 construe — [[t]kənstru͟ː[/t]] construes, construing, construed VERB If something is construed in a particular way, its nature or meaning is interpreted in that way. [FORMAL] [be V ed as n] What may seem helpful behaviour to you can be construed as… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 construe — construct, construe are related words (from Latin struere ‘to build’) which are both used to denote grammatical function. A word is construed or constructed with (e.g.) on when on is its regular complement, e.g. insist on and rely on (the OED… …

    Modern English usage

  • 14 construe — 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… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 construe — construer, n. v. /keuhn strooh / or, esp. Brit., /kon strooh/; n. /kon strooh/, v., construed, construing, n. v.t. 1. to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret. 2. to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer: He construed her… …

    Universalium

  • 16 construe — con|strue [kənˈstru:] v [T usually in passive] [Date: 1300 1400; : Late Latin; Origin: construere, from Latin, to construct , from com ( COM ) + struere to build ] to understand a remark or action in a particular way →↑misconstrue construe sth as …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 construe — verb 1 construe sth as to understand a remark or action in a particular way: Party leaders felt that such an action would be construed as political persecution. 2 (I, T) to translate each word in a piece of writing, especially one in Greek or… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 construe — con•strue v. [[t]kənˈstru[/t]] esp. brit. [[t]ˈkɒn stru[/t]] n. [[t]ˈkɒn stru[/t]] v. strued, stru•ing, n. 1) to give or explain the meaning or intention of; interpret 2) to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer 3) gram. to analyze the… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 construe — [c]/kənˈstru / (say kuhn strooh) verb (construed, construing) –verb (t) 1. to show the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret; put a particular interpretation on. 2. to deduce by construction or interpretation; infer. 3. to translate,… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 construe — Synonyms and related words: English, define, describe, diagnose, explicate, expound, interpret, read, read into, render, spell out, take, take it that, take to mean, transcribe, translate, transliterate, turn into, understand, understand by …

    Moby Thesaurus