Definition of construct in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /kənˈstrəkt//kənˈstrəkt/
  • 1Build or erect (something, typically a building, road, or machine)

    ‘a company that constructs oil rigs’
    • ‘Where there are major roads, huts are constructed at intervals of a couple of kilometers.’
    • ‘Some day in the next millennium, architects may be able to put design information into a machine that will automatically construct a complete building.’
    • ‘Construction cranes litter the skylines of Chinese cities, particularly Beijing and Shanghai, helping to construct apartments and office buildings.’
    • ‘After it was built a cottage was constructed; one of the walls of the cottage was a wall of the coach house.’
    • ‘Massive residential buildings were constructed near that station, and extend to the Lian Hua Road.’
    • ‘Moreover, if a lot of new buildings were constructed on the main streets, the flow and complexity of traffic would soon increase.’
    • ‘You could speculate on real estate, run a financial firm on Wall Street, open a theater, or construct skyscrapers to build your own custom skyline for the city.’
    • ‘He said it had been decided to construct service roads for the highways being built under the golden quadrilateral project.’
    • ‘They also suggest opening up a former subway beneath Bradford Road and constructing a new station entrance.’
    • ‘Neighbors who were strangers only hours ago now collaborate to erect buildings, construct roads, distribute food, establish defenses, and organize trade.’
    • ‘There is also the objective to construct a relief road from the north of Watson's Lane to the north of the town.’
    • ‘Demolishing slum areas and constructing apartment buildings for former slum dwellers has never been a success in helping the poor.’
    • ‘Assume that the council was proposing to erect or construct a road adjoining privately owned property which was known to be prone to frequent flooding.’
    • ‘The district administration now wants to construct an office building on the state-owned land.’
    • ‘But the churches became inward looking and failed to evangelise the masses, concentrating instead on constructing ornate church buildings.’
    • ‘The temporary traffic lights have been erected while contractors construct the roads that will lead in and out of the park-and-ride site.’
    • ‘The nine-storey building was constructed on marshland and the access road was narrow.’
    • ‘As more residential buildings are constructed, the question of affordability has come up again.’
    • ‘The course takes up to six days and then the provincial government will come in and provide material and other assistance for the people to build their houses and schools and to construct roads.’
    • ‘The Japan House project, run for more than three years, aims to raise funds to construct a building that can be used as a general meeting place by international students.’
    build, erect, put up, set up, raise, establish, assemble, manufacture, fabricate, form, fashion, contrive, create, make
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    1. 1.1 Form (an idea or theory) by bringing together various conceptual elements, typically over a period of time.
      ‘Ptolemy combined his interests to construct a theory in support of Aristotle’
      • ‘By the beginning of the 1630s, however, Descartes embarked on a more ambitious plan to construct a systematic theory of knowledge, including physics.’
      • ‘What role do state institutions play in shaping identities and constructing beliefs about deviance that privilege some groups and pathologize others?’
      • ‘Even the fastest writers agree that conceiving and constructing the ideas behind a play take time.’
      • ‘Instead, it is a method of constructing an interpretation that resonates within the present.’
      • ‘Feminist analyses of woman's lot tend to focus exclusively on gender and do not provide a solid foundation on which to construct feminist theory.’
      • ‘Some freedom in the selection of facts to be explained exists only during the first attempts to construct a theory.’
      • ‘For the most part, people read books to construct a favorable self-image for themselves.’
      • ‘We must also examine who has constructed or is constructing the cultural beliefs that legitimize violence against women and whose interests are served by these claims.’
      • ‘An important tenet in constructivist theory is evaluating evidence to construct a global interpretation of an event or era.’
      • ‘When examining the world through the lens of multiple perspectives, students learned to think critically and to evaluate sources carefully to construct theories of their own.’
      • ‘To construct the null hypothesis in this test, we started with the observed number of species and assumed a constant rate of origination.’
      • ‘Moreover, his attempts to construct theories of good design were met with a lukewarm reception.’
      • ‘For the planets, however, he refused to construct a theory, contenting himself with compiling a list of observations from which he showed the insufficiency of previous planetary models.’
      • ‘He was a dedicated experimenter, unwilling to construct abstract theories to which his results had to conform.’
      • ‘When you get fluent in another language and start to think in it you take on certain freedoms because you can construct ideas, create things in that language to get yourself out of trouble.’
      • ‘Although it's a blind case with no useful help received from any corner, our team has been able to construct three theories which are only probabilities.’
      • ‘Stereotypes were constructed from selective memories and were reinforced by rhymes and slogans.’
      • ‘The notion that we have to construct the idea of self and an authorial voice (in your head or in the text) in such reductive pronoun-based terminology is, I think, a flawed one.’
      • ‘With no true picture of the nature of the job, it's very easy for people to start constructing conspiracy theories.’
      • ‘What have been the building blocks from which those children have constructed their ideas of how men and women relate to one another?’
      formulate, form, put together
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    2. 1.2Grammar Form (a sentence) according to grammatical rules.
      • ‘Your child's growing grammatical skills will help him to construct quality sentences, then build paragraphs and essays.’
      • ‘If you have difficulty constructing complex sentences, stick with your old friend the subject-verb-object construction.’
      • ‘So the child follows the pattern to construct his own sentence based on a pattern, and then analyzes it he sees how the different parts of the sentence can be rearranged in relationship to each other.’
      • ‘We begin to understand the ways in which the alphabet is used to create words, and grammar to construct sentences.’
      • ‘An affected individual, after a stroke, tumour or wound to the area, loses the ability to construct grammatical sentences.’
    3. 1.3Geometry Draw or delineate (a geometric figure) accurately to given conditions.
      • ‘Before continuing with the quote we should note that Hippocrates is trying to ‘square a lune’ by which he means to construct a square equal in area to the lune.’
      • ‘You can construct a pyramid by drawing a polygon (to serve as the base), then joining each vertex of the polygon to a point not in the plane of the polygon.’
      • ‘The problem of the hidden figure arises because all quantifiable data depends on how the figures are constructed and interpreted.’
      • ‘Ancient Greek geometers knew that the number of solids that can be constructed from regular geometric figures is limited to five.’
      • ‘The problem was, given a circle, to construct geometrically a square equal in area to the given circle.’


Pronunciation /ˈkɑnˌstrəkt//ˈkänˌstrəkt/
  • 1An idea or theory containing various conceptual elements, typically one considered to be subjective and not based on empirical evidence.

    ‘history is largely an ideological construct’
    • ‘Ideas, constructs of imagination, cause men to push buttons.’
    • ‘Again, this is an ideological construct with tenuous roots in reality.’
    • ‘The following results are presented based upon the constructs of the Behavioral Ecological Model.’
    • ‘Real scientists are mostly plugging along, exploring and refuting evolutionary theory's basic constructs all the time.’
    • ‘But science also rejects the idea that we are cut off from true reality, forever confined to superficial appearances, subjective constructs, and useful fictions.’
    • ‘This ‘France’ is, again, a construct, a supplely subjective projection born in fact and cliche, and shaped by personal and artistic need.’
    • ‘The first thing to note is that the ‘new economy’ was largely an ideological construct deployed in advance of there being any real evidence of increased productivity and the like.’
    • ‘I believe evil to be a human construct, an idea we have created in order to describe certain aspects of the human condition.’
    • ‘If you've written a character that could be interchangeably male or female, it is hard for me not to suspect that you've written a cipher, or a trick, or an ideological construct.’
    • ‘For what is truth, but a subjective construct rendered persuasive in the moment of its construction?’
    • ‘At times this has led to monolithic definitions of ‘Black’ and ‘Jewish’ art based on constructs of race and ethnicity.’
    • ‘These draft guidelines are based on constructs, research and practices informed by the evolving fields of multiculturalism and diversity.’
    • ‘The present research enabled us to examine the empirical relations between these constructs.’
    • ‘His is an ideological construct, based on the workings of the so-called ‘free market’.’
    • ‘Ultimately, these sorts of conceptual constructs are not really intended as explanations of anything.’
    • ‘Of course, psychological constructs and theories are not always independent of their social, cultural, and historical contexts.’
    • ‘It was a theory, an idea, a theological construct designed to fit his circumstances.’
    • ‘During eight rounds of questions, I kept my hand patiently raised, wanting to ask her how settling on pure constructs and ideas actually led to one genuinely being lost.’
    • ‘The construct of astrology is based on the following theoretical infrastructure.’
    • ‘These texts question the nature of landscape and of land itself as constructs of empirical and cultural knowledge.’
    1. 1.1Linguistics A group of words forming a phrase.
      • ‘Routing services let you define rules and service invocation sequences to create a simple sequence of if-then constructs.’
      • ‘The phrase was an elegant construct, and so was the American version.’
      • ‘Poems reach their audiences not as abstract linguistic constructs that are pretty much the same whatever their material published form, but either as performance or as printed artifacts.’
      • ‘But the problem stems not only from the constructs of English, but also the influence of Latin grammatical structures.’
      • ‘To many modern critics, this is a philosophical or theoretical weakness, an inability to consider the plays as ultimately linguistic constructs.’
    2. 1.2 A physical thing which is deliberately built or formed.
      • ‘However, logistics officer training, the foundational pillar that supports the entire construct, is out of balance.’
      • ‘Transgenic DNA constructs have been used to rescue mutant genes, express reporter genes, and test the relationship of gene structure and function in vivo.’
      • ‘Both loops were placed in an aluminum snap hook to mount the construct in the load frame.’
      • ‘Support Armors were humanoid constructs of purely mechanical origin, no biological components were contained within them, other than the pilot.’
      • ‘Behind him, the screen displayed a giant construct, something like a battleship with two huge bulges on the side of it.’
      • ‘He leapt into the air, smashing through the high ceiling and looking for the supportive structures of the construct.’
      • ‘The mandala, with its divine and esoteric connotations, has been a key construct in temple building since Vedic times.’
      • ‘The structural relations between the constructs under investigation and the items are hypothesized a priori by the researcher and then statistically tested.’
      • ‘Similar comparisons could be possible between constructs with different cell types, or produced under different combinations of experimental conditions.’
      • ‘A pilot survey was then conducted and the preliminarily analysis assisted the researcher in determining that an appropriate instrument to measure the constructs had been designed.’
      • ‘Physical constructs are also unlikely to be reusable for other functions.’
      • ‘Simultaneously to portray the construct as a prison or trap and also to suggest the possibility of dismantling it from the inside, is the challenge.’
      • ‘The constructs used contained a transit peptide from granule-bound starch synthase which enables the delivery of the fluorescent protein into the stroma of amyloplasts and other plastids.’
      • ‘The structures of these constructs are diagrammed along with the results.’
      • ‘In this work, we further modify the Zahalak model to account for inhomogeneous strain fields in constructs whose cell orientations have a significant out-of-plane component.’


Late Middle English: from Latin construct- ‘heaped together, built’, from the verb construere, from con- ‘together’ + struere ‘pile, build’.