V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. to interpret or assign meaning to; 2. to use a word in a particular way
Synonyms: interpret, explain, infer, define, understand, comprehend
Antonyms: misconstrue, misinterpret
Tips: Construe comes from the Latin constuere, which literally means "to pile together" or "construct." When you construct an understanding from an explanation, you construe meaning. The related word misconstrue means "to misunderstand" or "misjudge."
Iím not quite sure how to construe Johnís strange behavior in the meeting today. (explain, interpret)
I apologize if Iíve misconstrued your statements, but it seemed like you were being purposely offensive. (misinterpreted, misunderstood)
Your indecisive behavior could be construed as unwillingness to commit. (interpreted, inferred)
Her absence from the meeting could be construed negatively, or it could simply mean that she was too busy to attend. (interpreted)
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