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Definition of construe verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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