construe
[ kuhn-stroo ]
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Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
Late-Middle English; from the Latin construere, in late Latin "analyze the construction of a sentence"
Synonyms
    1.
  • define interpret analyze
    2.
  • infer parse translate
Antonyms
    1.
  • misunderstand cloud confuse fail
    2.
  • misconceive disbelieve
Definition
1. to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret
2. to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer
Examples
1. A) He tried to construe a meaning for the novel that seemed outside the substance of the text. B) There is no way to construe this terrible mistake as a positive occurance.
2. A) She managed to construe the truth after speaking with all the witnesses in the crowd. B) By reviewing the evidence, she could construe what had happened at the diner.
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