construer

construe

[v. kuhn-stroo or, esp. British, kon-stroo; n. kon-stroo]
verb (used with object), construed, construing.
1.
to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret.
2.
to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer: He construed her intentions from her gestures.
3.
to translate, especially orally.
4.
to analyze the syntax of; to rehearse the applicable grammatical rules of: to construe a sentence.
5.
to arrange or combine (words, phrases, etc.) syntactically.
verb (used without object), construed, construing.
6.
to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
noun
7.
the act of construing.
8.
something that is construed.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English construen < Latin construere to put together, build, equivalent to con- con- + struere to pile up, arrange, perhaps akin to sternere to spread, strew; see stratum

construer, noun
unconstrued, adjective
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construe (kənˈstruː)
 
vb , -strues, -struing, -strued
1.  to interpret the meaning of (something): you can construe that in different ways
2.  (may take a clause as object) to discover by inference; deduce
3.  to analyse the grammatical structure of; parse (esp a Latin or Greek text as a preliminary to translation)
4.  to combine (words) syntactically
5.  old-fashioned (also intr) to translate literally, esp aloud as an academic exercise
 
n
6.  old-fashioned something that is construed, such as a piece of translation
 
[C14: from Latin construere to pile up; see construct]
 
con'struable
 
adj
 
construa'bility
 
n
 
con'struer
 
n

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construe
mid-14c., from L.L. construere "to relate grammatically," in classical L. "to pile together" (see construction); also see construct, which is a later acquisition of the same word. Related: Construal (1960).
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