What does construct mean?

Definitions for construct
kənˈstrʌkt; ˈkɒn strʌktcon·struct

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. concept, conception, constructverb

    an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances

  2. construct, build, makeverb

    make by combining materials and parts

    "this little pig made his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer"

  3. manufacture, fabricate, constructverb

    put together out of artificial or natural components or parts

    "the company fabricates plastic chairs"; "They manufacture small toys"; He manufactured a popular cereal"

  4. constructverb

    draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions

    "construct an equilateral triangle"

  5. constructverb

    create by linking linguistic units

    "construct a sentence"; "construct a paragraph"

  6. constructverb

    create by organizing and linking ideas, arguments, or concepts

    "construct a proof"; "construct an argument"

  7. reconstruct, construct, retraceverb

    reassemble mentally

    "reconstruct the events of 20 years ago"


  1. constructnoun

    Something constructed from parts.

    The artwork was a construct of wire and tubes.

  2. constructnoun

    A concept or model.

    Bohr's theoretical construct of the atom was soon superseded by quantum mechanics.

  3. constructverb

    To build or form (something) by assembling parts.

    We constructed the radio from spares.

  4. constructverb

    Similarly, to build (a sentence or an argument) by arranging words or ideas.

    A sentence may be constructed with a subject, verb and object.

  5. constructverb

    To draw (a geometric figure) by following precise specifications and using geometric tools and techniques.

    Construct a circle that touches each vertex of the given triangle.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONSTRUCTverb

    To build; to form; to compile; to constitute.

    Etymology: constructus, Lat.

    Let there be an admiration of those divine attributes and prerogatives, for whose manifesting he was pleased to construct this vast fabrick. Robert Boyle, Usefulness of Natural Philosophy.


  1. construct

    A construct is an idea, theory, concept or model that is created or developed mentally for the purpose of understanding, explaining or interpreting things or phenomena. It may not have a physical or concrete existence, but is used as a tool of thought to simplify or make sense of complex realities. Constructs are often subjective and based on one's perspectives or experiences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Constructverb

    to put together the constituent parts of (something) in their proper place and order; to build; to form; to make; as, to construct an edifice

  2. Constructverb

    to devise; to invent; to set in order; to arrange; as, to construct a theory of ethics

  3. Constructadjective

    formed by, or relating to, construction, interpretation, or inference


  1. Construct

    Within the world of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, construct is a type of creature, or "creature type". Constructs are either animated objects, or any artificially constructed creature. Most construct are mindless automatons, obeying their creator's commands absolutely, which makes them unbribable and absolutely trustworthy, although some of them are very literal-minded about the execution of their duties, obeying orders to the letter without any concern for their intent. There are exceptions to this rule, however. Certain constructs, such as Inevitables, are every bit as intelligent as mortal creatures. As they lack a metabolism, constructs have a wide array of immunities to frailties and effects that would affect creatures of flesh and blood, such as poison, fatigue, exhaustion, disease or various special attacks and magical effects related to draining a creature's life energy. As most constructs lack functional internal organs they are immune to critical hits and forms of damage targeting a creature's weak spots. Constructs are almost always created by an intelligent creator, typically a wizard, sorcerer or cleric, though some are created by other character classes or spellcasting monsters. Creating a specific kind of construct begins with the creation of body, made by either the creator himself or a hired craftsman. Construct bodies can be made from wildly different materials, from clay to copper and bone to cadavers. The next part of the process is a ritual requiring the casting of specific spells to bind a spirit of some kind into the body and imbuing it motion and special abilities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Construct

    kon-strukt′, v.t. to build up: to compile: to put together the parts of a thing: to make: to compose.—adj. constructed.—adjs. Construct′able, Construct′ible, able to be constructed.—ns. Construct′er, Construct′or; Construc′tion, the act of constructing: anything piled together, building: manner of forming: (gram.) the arrangement of words in a sentence: interpretation: meaning.—adjs. Construc′tional, pertaining to construction; Construct′ive, capable of constructing: not direct or expressed, but inferred.—adv. Construct′ively.—ns. Construct′iveness, the faculty of constructing; Construct′ure.—Construct state, in Hebrew and other Semitic languages, the state of a noun depending on another noun, which in Aryan languages would be in the genitive case—e.g. House of God—house being in the construct state.—Bear a construction, to allow of a particular interpretation. [L. construĕre, -structumcon, struĕre, to build.]

Editors Contribution

  1. construct

    To build or create.

    They were very focused to construct the houses that everyone needed in the areas they were needed.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'construct' in Verbs Frequency: #442

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of construct in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of construct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of construct in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Modi:

    The launch of the construction of the Parliament House of India, with the idea of Indianness by Indians, is one of the most important milestones of our democratic traditions, we the people of India will construct this new Parliament building together.

  2. Adam Smith:

    The committee denies this request. The committee does not approve the proposed use of Department of Defense funds to construct additional physical barriers and roads or install lighting in the vicinity of the United States border.

  3. Robert Smith:

    There's a whole lot of concern with the hazards that come with this, we're not objecting to the construct but there's a real challenge here in terms of how to adequately label it.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    The UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks. We think it very likely indeed that Iran was indeed responsible, we will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to deescalate tensions in the Gulf region.

  5. Michael Parrish:

    Because I spend a good portion of my year away from the office, it's imperative that I have the right equipment to' construct' my own workstation.

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  • بناءArabic
  • сканструяваць, будаваць, пабудаваць, канструявацьBelarusian
  • строя, построявам, градя, конструкция, концепция, съставямBulgarian
  • konstruovat, sestrojit, sestavitCzech
  • konstruere, byggeDanish
  • bauen, konstruierenGerman
  • konstruiEsperanto
  • construirSpanish
  • koostama, ehitamaEstonian
  • ساختمان, ساختن, سازهPersian
  • rakentaaFinnish
  • construction, construireFrench
  • קומפוזיציה, דגם, קונסטרוקציה, הרכיב, מודל, מבנה, בנהHebrew
  • սարքել, կառուցել, շինելArmenian
  • costruireItalian
  • 建てる, 建設, コンストラクト, 概念, 築くJapanese
  • konstruereNorwegian
  • skonstruować, konstruować, budować, zbudowaćPolish
  • construir, montagem, montar, constructoPortuguese
  • construiRomanian
  • построить, сконструировать, строить, составить, конструировать, констру́кция, концепция, составлятьRussian
  • konstrueraSwedish
  • будувати, збудувати, конструювати, зконструюватиUkrainian

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    a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals
    A anestrus
    B meerschaum
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