from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To adduce or explain the meaning of; interpret: construed my smile as assent. See Synonyms at explain.
- transitive v. Grammar To analyze the structure of (a clause or sentence).
- transitive v. Grammar To use syntactically: The noun fish can be construed as singular or plural.
- transitive v. To translate, especially aloud.
- intransitive v. To analyze grammatical structure.
- intransitive v. To be subject to grammatical analysis.
- n. An interpretation or translation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A translation.
- n. An interpretation.
- v. To interpret or explain the meaning of something.
- v. To analyze the grammatical structure of a clause or sentence.
- v. To translate.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To put a construction upon; to explain the sense or intention of; to interpret; to understand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To arrange the words of in their natural order; reduce the words of from a transposed to a natural order, so as to demonstrate the sense; hence, interpret, and, when applied to a foreign language, translate: as, to construe a sentence; to construe Greek, Latin, or French.
- Hence To interpret; explain; show or understand the meaning of; render.
- Synonyms Interpret, Render, etc. (see translate). Construe, Construct. “To construe means to interpret, to show the meaning; to construct means to build: we may construe a sentence, as in translation, or construct it, as in composition.”
- To yield to or admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation: as, a sentence that will not construe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make sense of; assign a meaning to
Middle English construen, from Late Latin cōnstruere, from Latin, to build; see construct.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin construo ("to relate grammatically"), from Latin construo ("pile together") (Wiktionary)