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construct

[v. kuh n-struhkt; n. kon-struhkt] /v. kənˈstrʌkt; n. ˈkɒn strʌkt/
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
late Middle English
1400-1450
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
Synonyms
1. erect, form. See make1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for wellconstructed

construct

verb (transitive) (kənˈstrʌkt)
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
noun (ˈkɒnstrʌkt)
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
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 wellconstructed
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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