construe definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To adduce or give an explanation for concept of; interpret: construed my smile as assent. See Synonyms at explain.
    • Grammar to assess the structure of (a clause or sentence).
    • Grammar to utilize syntactically: The noun seafood can be construed as singular or plural.
    • To convert, specially aloud.
    • to use the guidelines of syntax to (a sentence or term) so as to show the structure, arrangement, or connection of, or even to find the feeling; to spell out the construction of; to interpret; to translate.
    • To put a construction upon; to describe the sense or objective of; to interpret; to know.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To analyze grammatical construction.
    • becoming at the mercy of grammatical evaluation.
  • noun:
    • An interpretation or translation.
    • A translation.
    • An interpretation.
  • verb:
    • To understand or explain the meaning of something.
    • to assess the grammatical framework of a clause or phrase.
    • To convert.
    • make sense of; assign a meaning to
  • others:
    • to prepare the language of inside their all-natural order; decrease the words of from a transposed to a normal order, in order to demonstrate the feeling; thus, interpret, and, when applied to a foreign language, convert: since, to construe a sentence; to construe Greek, Latin, or French.
    • ergo To translate; explain; show or comprehend the meaning of; render.
    • Synonyms Interpret, give, etc. (identify translate). Construe, Construct. “To construe way to translate, showing the meaning; to create means to develop: we might construe a sentence, like in interpretation, or build it, as with structure.”
    • To yield to or acknowledge of grammatical analysis or interpretation: as, a sentence that will not construe.

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