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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Construe


CONSTRUE, verb transitive [Latin See Construct.]

1. To arrange words in their natural order; to reduce from a transposed to a natural order, so as to discover the sense of a sentence; hence, to interpret; and when applied to a foreign language, to translate; to render into English; as, to construe Greek, Latin or French.

2. To interpret; to explain; to show or to understand the meaning.

I pray that I may not be so understood or construed.

Thus we are put to construe and paraphrase our own words.