If something is construed in a particular way, its nature or meaning is interpreted in that way. What may seem helpful behaviour to you can be construed as interference by others He may construe the approach as a hostile act We are taught to construe these terms in a particular way. to understand a remark or action in a particular way misconstrue construe sth as sth (construere, from , , from com- ( COM-) + struere ) : construe
interpret in a particular way, explain, analyze, understand fiil : construe
make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?" : construe
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 : construe
To put a construction upon; to explain the sense or intention of; to interpret; to understand : construe
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[ k&n-'strü ] (verb.) 14th century. Middle English, from Late Latin construere, from Latin, to construct.