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[v. kuh n-struhkt; n. kon-struhkt] /v. kənˈstrʌkt; n. ˈkɒn strʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to build or form by putting together parts; frame; devise.
Geometry. to draw (a figure) fulfilling certain given conditions.
something constructed.
an image, idea, or theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simpler elements.
Origin of construct
late Middle English
1400-50 for earlier past participle sense; 1655-65 for current senses; late Middle English < Latin constrūctus (past participle of construere to construe), equivalent to con- con- + strūc- (variant stem of struere to build) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
constructible, adjective
overconstruct, verb (used with object)
preconstruct, verb (used with object)
quasi-constructed, adjective
well-constructed, adjective
1. erect, form. See make1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for construct
  • There's no need to read the essay, and there's no need to construct any new arguments in response, or build any new alliances.
  • The guiding principal for us was to try to construct more equality and quality of life.
  • construct the gable roof so each side is the size of one half of the mud flat.
  • It is no longer lawful to construct barracks to cover the whole of a lot.
  • At all events they were living in small huts, about such as soldiers would hastily construct for temporary occupation.
  • Point and counterpoint is an appealing construct when it comes to movie reviews, sports predictions, and even politics.
  • One thing you could do is to first demonstrate to the whole group how you construct a paragraph.
  • Unable to construct a self-narrative, they may live comfortably in their bubble but have problems overcoming new challenges.
  • For their students' sake, they have to set aside old biases and think creatively to construct new pathways.
  • Student learning is a fantastically complex construct, subject to philosophical disputes and measurement error.
British Dictionary definitions for construct


verb (transitive) (kənˈstrʌkt)
to put together substances or parts, esp systematically, in order to make or build (a building, bridge, etc); assemble
to compose or frame mentally (an argument, sentence, etc)
(geometry) to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain requirements are satisfied
noun (ˈkɒnstrʌkt)
something formulated or built systematically
a complex idea resulting from a synthesis of simpler ideas
(psychol) a model devised on the basis of observation, designed to relate what is observed to some theoretical framework
Derived Forms
constructible, adjective
constructor, constructer, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin constructus piled up, from construere to heap together, build, from struere to arrange, erect
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Word Origin and History for construct

early 15c., from Latin constructus, past participle of construere "to heap up" (see construction). Related: Constructed; constructing.


1871 in linguistics, 1890 in psychology, 1933 in the general sense of "anything constructed;" from construct (v.).

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