construct

[v. kuhn-struhkt; n. kon-struhkt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to build or form by putting together parts; frame; devise.
2.
Geometry. to draw (a figure) fulfilling certain given conditions.
noun
3.
something constructed.
4.
an image, idea, or theory, especially a complex one formed from a number of simpler elements.

Origin:
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

constructible, adjective
overconstruct, verb (used with object)
preconstruct, verb (used with object)
quasi-constructed, adjective
well-constructed, adjective


1. erect, form. See make1.
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construct
 
vb
1.  to put together substances or parts, esp systematically, in order to make or build (a building, bridge, etc); assemble
2.  to compose or frame mentally (an argument, sentence, etc)
3.  geometry to draw (a line, angle, or figure) so that certain requirements are satisfied
 
n
4.  something formulated or built systematically
5.  a complex idea resulting from a synthesis of simpler ideas
6.  psychol a model devised on the basis of observation, designed to relate what is observed to some theoretical framework
 
[C17: from Latin constructus piled up, from construere to heap together, build, from struere to arrange, erect]
 
con'structible
 
adj
 
con'structor
 
n
 
con'structer
 
n

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construct
1660s, from L. construct-, pp. stem of construere "to heap up" (see construction). The noun is recorded from 1871 in linguistics, 1890 in psychology, 1933 in the general sense of "anything constructed." Related: constructed (pp. adj., 1784); constructing (1788).
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Example sentences
The social constructs about what a college degree means to the poorest of us
  prevents an honest dialogue.
Boundaries are social constructs created by humans and drawn on maps.
And, even worse than that, it's almost inevitable that all of our constructs
  will have some kind of a flaw in them.
These units have no reality but are conceptual constructs.
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