AskDefine | Define construe

Dictionary Definition

construe v : make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?" [syn: interpret, see]

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  • /kənˈstruː/, /k@n"stru:/




  1. 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
  2. To analyze the grammatical structure of a clause or sentence.
  3. To translate.


to interpret or explain the meaning of something
to analyze the grammatical structure
to translate

Synonyms, Antonyms 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
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