- 1to understand the meaning of a word, a sentence, or an action in a particular way synonym interpret
- 2 construe something He considered how the remark would be construed. construe something as something Her words could hardly be construed as an apology.
NAmE//kənˈstru//[usually passive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they construe
he / she / it construes
past simple construed
-ing form construing