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  1. con·strue
    IPA[kənˈstro͞o]
  2. verb

    • 1. interpret (a word or action) in a particular way:

      his words could hardly be construed as an apology
    • 2. analyze the syntax of (a text, sentence, or word):

      both verbs can be construed with either infinitive
    • 3. translate (a passage or author) word for word, typically aloud.

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: construe, 3rd person present: construes, gerund or present participle: construing, past tense: construed, past participle: construed

    • verb

      interpret (a word or action) in a particular way:

      analyse the syntax of (a text, sentence, or word):

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