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con•strue



Pronunciation: (
v.kun-strOO' or, esp. Brit., kon'strOO;
n.kon'strOO),
[key]
v., -strued, -stru•ing,
n.


v.t.
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, esp. 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.

v.i.
to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.

n.
1. the act of construing.
2. something that is construed.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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