Construe - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kənˈstruː|  American pronunciation of the word construe
Brit.  |kənˈstruː|  British pronunciation of the word construe


- make sense of; assign a meaning to (syn: interpret, see)


The way the court construes various words has changed over time.

...the role of the justices of the Supreme Court in construing the constitution...

His action was construed as a threat.

I shall construe your remark as offensive.

I construed his speech to be a warning.

Even from this it cannot be fairly construed that his theory was right.

The term can be construed in two different ways.

comments that could be construed as sexist

The verb "to provide" is construed with "for".

the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt

Word forms

I/you/we/they: construe
he/she/it: construes
present participle: construing
past tense: construed
past participle: construed
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