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construct (create)

Definition:

to make by combining materials and parts

Class:

creation verb (sewing, baking, painting, performing, etc.)

Past tense:

constructed

Present participle:

constructing

3rd-person singular present:

constructs

Type of:

make

Similar to:

build

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer

Synonyms:

build | make

Etymology:

Latin constructus, past participle of construere "to heap up". The noun is...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of construct...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

construct | assemble [synonym, sense-specific] | constructible [adjective, derived]

to put together substances or parts, especially systematically, in order to make or build (a building, bridge, etc); assemble | to compose or frame ... (23 of 578 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Oxford Dictionary:

construct | constructor [derived]

build or make (something, typically a building, road, or machine) | form (an idea or theory) by bringing together various conceptual elements | ... (21 of 184 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

construct [entry 1, verb] | build [synonym, sense-specific] | devise [synonym, sense-specific] | also [synonym, sense-specific] | concoct [synonym, sense-specific] | invent [synonym, sense-specific] | contrive [synonym, sense-specific] | cook [synonym, sense-specific] | drum up [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to make or form by combining or arranging parts or elements; "build" ; also, "contrive", "devise" | to draw (a geometrical figure) with suitable ... (23 of 182 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

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construct [entry 2, noun]

something constructed by the mind: as ; a theoretical entity ; a working hypothesis or concept | a product of ideology, history, or social ... (23 of 101 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Construct [disambiguation]

may refer to: Construct (artificial intelligence) | Construct (philosophy of science), a hypothetical object whose phenomenal existence depends upon a subject's mind | Construct (software), an open source game creator | Constructs in the Wheel of Time ... (34 of 164 words, 11 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

construct | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle] | constructs [3rd-person singular present] | constructible [adjective, related] | constructor [noun, related] | constructer [noun, related]

To form by assembling or combining parts; build. | To create (an argument or a sentence, for example) by systematically arranging ideas or terms. | ... (23 of 103 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

construct [transitive] | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle] | constructs [3rd-person singular present]

to build something large or complicated, such as a bridge or road | to create something such as an idea or system by making various things fit ... (26 of 103 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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construct [countable, formal, noun] | constructs [plural]

a complicated idea created by making several simpler ideas fit together | an object built from various parts (17 of 46 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

construct | logical construct [sense-specific] | constructor [related]

to build, form, or devise by fitting parts or elements together systematically | [geometry] to draw (a figure) so as to meet the specified ... (23 of 88 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

construct | constructs [plural] | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle] | construction [synonym, sense-specific] | concept [synonym, sense-specific] | idea [synonym, sense-specific] | model [synonym, sense-specific] | notion [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

Something constructed from parts. | A concept or model. | [transitive] To build or form (something) by assembling parts. | [transitive] Similarly, to build (a sentence or an argument) by arranging words or ideas. | [transitive, geometry] To draw (a ... (36 of 73 words, 5 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Random House Dictionary:

construct

to build or form by putting together parts; frame; devise. | [geometry] to draw (a figure) fulfilling certain given conditions. | something ... (20 of 48 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

construct [entry 1]

to build something or put together different parts to form something whole (12 of 29 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/construct 1

construct [entry 2, formal]

an idea or an imaginary situation (6 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/construct 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

construction [technology]

the erection or assembly of large structures. The term construction is to a significant degree synonymous with building, but in common usage it most ... (24 of 110 words, 3 images)

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Encarta Dictionary:

construct | constructs [plural] | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle]

to build or assemble something by putting together separate parts in an ordered way | to create something such as a theory as a result of systematic ... (26 of 119 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599816​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

construct

First use: early 15th century

Origin: Latin constructus, past participle of construere "to heap up". The noun is recorded from 1871 in linguistics, 1890 in psychology, 1933 ... (24 of 31 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

construct

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin construct- "heaped together, built", from the verb construere, from con- "together" + struere "pile, build"

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Collins Dictionary:

construct

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Latin constructus piled up, from construere to heap together, build, from struere to arrange, erect

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/construct

Wiktionary:

construct | constructs [plural] | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle]

Origin: Latin construo ("I heap together, build, make, construct, connect grammatically"), from com- ("together") + struo ("I heap up, pile").

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American Heritage Dictionary:

construct | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle] | constructs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin cōnstruere, cōnstrūct-: com-, com- + struere, to pile up; see ster- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots.

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New World Dictionary:

construct

Origin: Latin constructus, past participle of construere from com-, together + struere, to pile up, build: see "strew"

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Merriam-Webster:

construct [entry 1, verb]

First use: 1663

Origin: Latin constructus, past participle of construere, from com- + struere to build

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Encarta Dictionary:

construct | constructs [plural] | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Latin construct-, past participle of construere "pile together" from struere "pile, build"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599816​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

construct [transitive] | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle] | constructs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "construct"

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construct [countable, formal, noun] | constructs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "construct"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

construct [transitive] | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle] | constructs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "construct"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/construct

construct [countable, formal, noun] | constructs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "construct"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

construct [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "construct"

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construct [entry 2, formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "construct"

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the Free Dictionary:

construct

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Google Dictionary:

construct | constructs [plural] | constructed [past tense] | constructing [present participle]

Audio 1: English pronunciation of "construct"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

construct

Audio: North American pronunciation of "construct"

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construct

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YourDictionary Audio:

construct

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