construct

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From Latin construo (I heap together, build, make, construct, connect grammatically), from com- (together) + struo (I heap up, pile).

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construct (plural constructs)

  1. Something constructed from parts.
    The artwork was a construct of wire and tubes.
    Loops and conditional statements are constructs in computer programming.
  2. A concept or model.
    Bohr's theoretical construct of the atom was soon superseded by quantum mechanics.

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construct (third-person singular simple present constructs, present participle constructing, simple past and past participle constructed)

  1. (transitive) To build or form (something) by assembling parts.
    We constructed the radio from spares.
  2. (transitive) Similarly, to build (a sentence, an argument, etc.) by arranging words or ideas.
    A sentence may be constructed with a subject, verb and object.
    • Marita Sturken
      The Vietnam War films are forms of memory that function to provide collective rememberings, to construct history, and to subsume within them the experience of the veterans.
  3. (transitive, geometry) To draw (a geometric figure) by following precise specifications and using geometric tools and techniques.
    Construct a circle that touches each vertex of the given triangle.

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