• WordNet 3.6
    • v construe make sense of; assign a meaning to "What message do you see in this letter?","How do you interpret his behavior?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Construe To apply the rules of syntax to (a sentence or clause) so as to exhibit the structure, arrangement, or connection of, or to discover the sense; to explain the construction of; to interpret; to translate.
    • Construe To put a construction upon; to explain the sense or intention of; to interpret; to understand. "Thus we are put to construe and paraphrase our own words to free ourselves either from the ignorance or malice of our enemies.""And to be dull was construed to be good."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • construe To arrange the words of in their natural order; reduce the words of from a transposed to a natural order, so as to demonstrate the sense; hence, interpret, and, when applied to a foreign language, translate: as, to construe a sentence; to construe Greek, Latin, or French.
    • construe Hence To interpret; explain; show or understand the meaning of; render.
    • construe Synonyms Interpret, Render, etc. (see translate). Construe, Construct. “To construe means to interpret, to show the meaning; to construct means to build: we may construe a sentence, as in translation, or construct it, as in composition.”
    • construe To yield to or admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation: as, a sentence that will not construe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Construe kon′strōō or kon-strōō′ to exhibit the arrangement in another language: to translate: to explain: to interpret: to infer
    • v.i Construe to admit of grammatical analysis
    • v.t Construe kon′strōō or kon-strōō′, to exhibit the arrangement in another language: to translate: to explain: to interpret: to infer
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. construere,: cf. F. construire,. See Construct
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. construĕre, constructum, to pile together.


In literature:

But the small hours of the morning are slipping away; we must construe our hieroglyphics without further palaver.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
In forgiving an injury be somewhat ceremonious, lest your magnanimity be construed as indifference.
"A Cynic Looks at Life" by Ambrose Bierce
Neglect of this gallantry was construed almost as a national insult.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
This expression is construed by critics as denoting an unpolished dialect, but not a foreign.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
Callous and unappreciative characters have abused such hospitality, and construed it as a mark of ignorance on the part of the Boer.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
De Guichen so construing it, however, gave the signal to wear together, away from the British line.
"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan
A gay dashing lad, I suppose, whose hot blood and youthful frolics old maiden ladies construe into the most awful crimes.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
This was, of course, construed as a vote of approval of the anti-monarchistic tone of the administration.
"A Short History of France" by Mary Platt Parmele
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
How would you construe that?
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

His thoughts, and e'en his actions too,
Possess a subtle meaning, when
That meaning others may construe,
As plain and open to their ken.
"Things Mysterious" by Thomas Frederick Young
Yet from the bright time of her birth
And death, does faith construe
How, like the spring, though not on earth,
Our joy shall bloom anew.
"Cora" by Charles Harpur
Pensive beneath the twilight shades I sate,
The slave of hopeless vows and cold disdain!
When Philomel address'd his mournful mate,
And thus I construed the mellifluent strain.
"Elegy VI. To a Lady, On the Language of Birds" by William Shenstone
Nay, press her not. Your Highness does her wrong,
So harshly to construe her simpleness.
My daughter and myself are one, and both
Will own an equal pleasure if you bide.
"The Spagnoletto. Act III" by Emma Lazarus
O God, forgive them all, from Stoneman down,
Thy smile who construe and expound Thy frown,
And fall with saintly grace upon their knees
To render thanks when Thou dost only sneeze.
"Matter For Gratitude" by Ambrose Bierce
Then in faith may fancy see
How my love may constru'd be;
How it grows and what it seeks;
How it lives and what it likes;
So in highest grace regard it,
Or in lowest scorn discard it.
"Love" by Nicholas Breton

In news:

Although much of the media have their antennae out to pick up anything that might be construed as racism against blacks, they resolutely ignore even the most blatant racism by blacks against others.
Former President Bill Clinton, seeking to contain the political damage from his earlier praise of Mitt Romney's "sterling" business background, said on Friday that his remarks shouldn't be construed as an endorsement.
The US Constitution, properly construed by a vigilant Supreme Court, prevents untrammeled power, which is the definition of despotism .
Referendum 71 says, "Where necessary to implement this act, gender-specific terms such as husband and wife used in any law shall be construed to be gender neutral ".
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Konecranes' Goliath gantry crane for Engevix Construções Oceânicas ('Ecovix') arrives at Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil.
" When asked if calling Republicans hypocrites could be construed as equally mean-spirited, he shrugged, and with a half-grin, said: "could be.".
Jerry Sandusky won a court ruling Friday that will let him have an expert testify about a psychiatric condition that his lawyer says helps explain letters he wrote to his accusers and other actions being construed as him grooming victims.
One might think that the plethora of choice might be construed as plethora of technical innovation, but I submit that the hype is greater than reality (shocker.
This agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio, as it is applied to agreements entered into and performed within that State.
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Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely because they are doing nothing would open a new and potentially vast domain to congressional authority.
I'm not certain too many people have the foresight to construe exactly what the legacy the current administration in Pownal is leaving to history now that the antique Bartel's Lodge is demolished.
The US Constitution, properly construed by a vigilant Supreme Court, prevents untrammeled power, which is the definition of despotism.

In science:

Even these would not be monotonic in posed; these may be construed as governing inferences the required sense.
Uncertain Inferences and Uncertain Conclusions
Now by conveniently enlarging the said overfield and moving it by a K -isomorphism, it can be construed to contain any preassigned overfield K ∗ of K , and this gives us the following obvious but basic principle of computational Galois theory.
Galois theory on the line in nonzero characteristic
However, it was pointed out in that the data might also be construed as indicating a rapid crossover rather than a true transition or even the presence of a low mass bound state like that in the 2d O(3) model.
Steiner Variations on Random Surfaces
This was further claimed to be of a general nature within UDM scenarios, which if true could be construed as evidence for independent origins of dark matter and dark energy.
The Role of Baryons in Unified Dark Matter Models
Hence, we may construe A and E (X, A) of as subspaces of 2X in the Vietoris topology.
Topological Test Spaces