constructs, constructing, constructed
(The verb is pronounced [[t]kənstrʌ̱kt[/t]]. The noun is pronounced [[t]kɒ̱nstrʌkt[/t]].)
1) VERB If you construct something such as a building, road, or machine, you build it or make it.

[V n] The French constructed a series of fortresses from Dunkirk on the Channel coast to Douai...

[be V-ed from/of/out of n] The boxes should be constructed from rough-sawn timber...

[V-ed] They thought he had escaped through a specially constructed tunnel.

2) VERB If you construct something such as an idea, piece of writing, or system, you create it by putting different parts together.

[V n] You will find it difficult to construct a spending plan without first recording your spending...

[V n] He eventually constructed a business empire which ran to Thailand and Singapore...

[be V-ed from/out of n] The novel is constructed from a series of on-the-spot reports.

[V-ed] ...using carefully constructed tests.

3) N-COUNT A construct is a complex idea. [FORMAL]

...the underlying constructs (beliefs, philosophy, etc.) which influence action and behaviour...

It was a re-enactment of the same mental construct under which slavery was justified.

4) N-COUNT A construct is something that is built, made, or created. [FORMAL]

As the flimsy constructs soared, the men paid out twine until the kites reached three or four thousand feet...

The country was an artificial construct held together by force and intimidation for more than 70 years.


English dictionary. 2008.


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