Definition of construe verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

construe

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kənˈstruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstruː//
 
[usually passive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they construe
BrE BrE//kənˈstruː//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstruː//
 
he / she / it construes
BrE BrE//kənˈstruːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstruːz//
 
past simple construed
BrE BrE//kənˈstruːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstruːd//
 
past participle construed
BrE BrE//kənˈstruːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstruːd//
 
-ing form construing
BrE BrE//kənˈstruːɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstruːɪŋ//
 
 
jump to other results
to understand the meaning of a word, a sentence or an action in a particular way synonym interpret construe something He considered how the remark was to be construed. construe something as something Her words could hardly be construed as an apology. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin construere, from con- ‘together’ + struere ‘pile, build’, in late Latin ‘analyse the construction of a sentence’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: construe