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Dictionary Definition

construct n : an abstract or general idea inferred or derived from specific instances [syn: concept, conception] [ant: misconception]


1 make by combining materials and parts; "this little pig made his house out of straw"; "Some eccentric constructed an electric brassiere warmer" [syn: build, make]
2 put together out of components or parts; "the company fabricates plastic chairs"; "They manufacture small toys" [syn: manufacture, fabricate]
3 draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions; "construct an equilateral triangle"
4 create by linking linguistic units; "construct a sentence"; "construct a paragraph"
5 create by organizing and linking ideas, arguments, or concepts; "construct a proof"; "construct an argument"
6 reassemble mentally; "reconstruct the events of 20 years ago" [syn: reconstruct, retrace]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (noun):
    • (RP): kŏn'strŭkt, /ˈkɒnstrʌkt/, /"kQnstrVkt/
    • (US): kän'strŭkt, /ˈkɑnstrʌkt/, /"kAnstrVkt/
  • (verb): kənstrŭkt', /kənˈstrʌkt/, /k@n"strVkt/
    Rhymes: -ʌkt


  1. Something constructed from parts.
    The artwork was a construct of wire and tubes.
  2. A concept or model.
    Bohr's theoretical construct of the atom was soon superseded by quantum mechanics.



something constructed from parts
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concept or model
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  1. To build or form (something) by assembling parts.
    We constructed the radio from spares.
  2. Similarly, to build (a sentence or an argument) by arranging words or ideas.
    A sentence may be constructed with a subject, verb and object.
  3. 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.



Related terms


build or form by assembling parts
build (a sentence or argument)
draw (a geometric figure)

Extensive Definition

wikt construction
"Construct" redirects here.
Construction is the building or assembly of any infrastructure
Construction or construct may also refer to:
Popular culture
construct in German: Konstruktion
construct in French: Construction (homonymie)
construct in Norwegian: Konstruksjon
construct in Slovak: Konštrukcia
construct in Swedish: Konstruktion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

architecture, assemble, build, build up, building, cast, combine, compose, compound, concoct, consist of, constitute, construction, create, devise, edifice, elaborate, embody, enter into, erect, erection, establish, establishment, evolve, extrude, fabric, fabricate, fashion, forge, form, formulate, frame, fudge together, get up, go into, house, incorporate, indite, invent, join, make, make up, manufacture, mature, merge in, mix, mold, organize, packaged house, patch together, piece together, pile, prefab, prefabricate, prefabrication, prepare, produce, put together, put up, pyramid, raise, rear, run up, set, set up, shape, skyscraper, structure, superstructure, synthesize, tower, unite in, uprear, whomp up, write
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