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

        

    construct

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrʌkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they construct
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrʌkt//
     
    he / she / it constructs
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrʌkts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrʌkts//
     
    past simple constructed
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    past participle constructed
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    -ing form constructing
    BrE BrE//kənˈstrʌktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈstrʌktɪŋ//
     
    Construction
     
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  1. 1  [often passive] to build or make something such as a road, building or machine construct something When was the bridge constructed? construct something from/out of/of something They constructed a shelter out of fallen branches. Synonymsbuildconstruct assemble erect put something upThese words all mean to make something, especially by putting different parts together.build to make something, especially a building, by putting parts together:a house built of stone They’re going to build on the site of the old power station.construct [often passive] (rather formal) to build something such as a road, building or machineassemble (rather formal) to fit together all the separate parts of something such as a piece of furniture or a machine:The cupboard is easy to assemble.erect (formal) to build something; to put something in position and make it stand upright:Police had to erect barriers to keep crowds back.put something up to build something or place something somewhere:They’re putting up new hotels in order to boost tourism in the area.Patterns to build/​construct/​erect/​put up a house/​wall to build/​construct/​erect/​put up some shelves to build/​construct/​erect/​put up a barrier/​fence/​shelter to build/​construct/​assemble a(n) engine/​machine to build/​construct a road/​railway/​railroad/​tunnel to erect/​put up a tent/​statue/​monument See related entries: Construction
  2. 2  construct something to form something by putting different things together synonym put together You must learn how to construct a logical argument. to construct a theory a well-constructed novel
  3. 3construct something (geometry) to draw a line or shape according to the rules of mathematics to construct a triangle
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin construct- ‘heaped together, built’, from the verb construere, from con- ‘together’ + struere ‘pile, build’.
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