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VERB (1)

1. make sense of; assign a meaning to;
- Example: "What message do you see in this letter?"
- Example: "How do you interpret his behavior?"
[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. [1913 Webster] 2. To put a construction upon; to explain the sense or intention of; to interpret; to understand. [1913 Webster] Thus we are put to construe and paraphrase our own words to free ourselves either from the ignorance or malice of our enemies. --Bp. Stilingfleet. [1913 Webster] And to be dull was construed to be good. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

construe 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