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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 constructed
  • He is constructed partly by negative definition, built up by a great number of observations.
  • For economy of material the expansion of the end bearing should be as lightly constructed as is consistent with proper strength.
  • Then a huge barrow is constructed over the remains of the pyre, and all the treasure taken from the dragon's lair is placed in it.
  • There is no reason that all human existence should be constructed on some one or some small number of patterns.
  • It would indeed be difficult to imagine a plot more ingeniously and dramatically constructed.
  • They are all constructed on heavy lines with thick padding which becomes water-soaked in the rainy season.
  • It constructed models of the building to give the subcontractors a chance to practice.
  • The other video investigates how the mechanized book-retrieval system in the university's newly constructed library works.
  • The sins of the for-profits are relatively narrowly constructed and easily remedied through better regulations and enforcement.
  • As far as adjuncts are concerned, some fairer formula for their pay needs to be constructed.
British Dictionary definitions for constructed


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 constructed



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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Slang definitions & phrases for constructed



Having an attractive body; generously built; stacked (1950s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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