Construes



[verb kuh n-stroo or, esp. British, kon-stroo; noun kon-stroo] /verb kənˈstru or, esp. British, ˈkɒn stru; noun ˈkɒn stru/

verb (used with object), construed, construing.
1.
to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret.
2.
to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer:
He construed her intentions from her gestures.
3.
to translate, especially orally.
4.
to analyze the syntax of; to rehearse the applicable grammatical rules of:
to construe a sentence.
5.
to arrange or combine (words, phrases, etc.) syntactically.
verb (used without object), construed, construing.
6.
to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
noun
7.
the act of construing.
8.
something that is construed.
/kənˈstruː/
verb (mainly transitive) -strues, -struing, -strued
1.
to interpret the meaning of (something): you can construe that in different ways
2.
(may take a clause as object) to discover by inference; deduce
3.
to analyse the grammatical structure of; parse (esp a Latin or Greek text as a preliminary to translation)
4.
to combine (words) syntactically
5.
(also intransitive) (old-fashioned) to translate literally, esp aloud as an academic exercise
noun
6.
(old-fashioned) something that is construed, such as a piece of translation
v.

late 14c., from Late Latin construere “to relate grammatically,” in classical Latin “to build up, pile together” (see construction); also see construct (v.), which is a later acquisition of the same word. Related: Construed; construing; construal.

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