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construe

con·strue

construe

 
 
pronunciation:
kn stru
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: construed, construes, construing
definition 1: to comprehend or explain the meaning or intention of; assign a meaning to; interpret.
Some people construe silence as agreement.
synonyms:
interpret, understand
similar words:
decipher, explain, explicate, expound, spell out, translate
definition 2: to explain the grammatical uses of words in a clause or sentence.
similar words:
analyze, explain, interpret, parse
definition 3: to translate.
synonyms:
interpret, render, translate
similar words:
transcribe
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to analyze a sentence or part of a sentence grammatically.
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an interpretation or translation.
synonyms:
explanation, interpretation, translation
definition 2: the act of construing, esp. by translating.
synonyms:
translation
similar words:
explanation, interpretation
derivations: construable (adj.), construer (n.)