1. [syn: interpret, construe, see]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Construe \Con*strue\ (?; Archaic ?), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Construed; p. pr. & vb. n. Construing.] [L. construere:
cf. F. construire. See Construct.]
1. To apply the rules of syntax to (a sentence or clause) so
as to exhibit the structure, arrangement, or connection
of, or to discover the sense; to explain the construction
of; to interpret; to translate.
2. To put a construction upon; to explain the sense or
intention of; to interpret; to understand.
Thus we are put to construe and paraphrase our own
words to free ourselves either from the ignorance or
malice of our enemies. --Bp.
And to be dull was construed to be good. --Pope.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you
see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
[syn: interpret, construe, see]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
20 Moby Thesaurus words for "construe":
English, define, describe, diagnose, explicate, expound, interpret,
read, read into, render, spell out, take, take it that,
take to mean, transcribe, translate, transliterate, turn into,
understand, understand by