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CONSTRUCT, verb transitive [Latin , to lay, dispose or set in order. See Structure.]

1. To put together the parts of a thing in their proper place and order; to build; to form; as, to construct an edifice.

2. To devise and compose, as to construct a new system; or simply to frame or form, as to construct a telescope. The word may include the invention, with the formation, or not, at the pleasure of the writer. A man constructs a ship according to a model; or a grammar by a new arrangement of principles; or a planetarium of a new form.

3. To interpret or understand. [See Construe.]