construe: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (v.kun-str' or, esp. Brit., kon'strn.kon'str), [key]
— v., n. -strued, -stru•ing,
  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.
  1. to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
  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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