construct Definition

  • 1to build or create something
  • 2an idea or theory containing various conceptual elements, typically one considered to be subjective and not based on empirical evidence

Using construct: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "construct" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company is planning to construct a new office building.

  • Example

    She constructed a theory about the origins of the universe.

  • Example

    The bridge was constructed in 1920.

  • Example

    He constructed a model airplane from a kit.

construct Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using construct

  • criticism that is intended to help someone improve or do better


    She gave me some constructive criticism on my presentation, which helped me make it better.

  • to build or put together a convincing argument or evidence for a particular position or claim


    The lawyer spent weeks constructing a case for his client's defense.

  • to create a story or account of events, often with a particular perspective or purpose


    The journalist constructed a narrative of the political situation in the country, highlighting the perspectives of different groups.

Phrases with construct

  • social construct

    a concept or perception of something based on the collective views and attitudes of society


    Gender is a social construct that varies across cultures.

  • mental construct

    an idea or concept formed in the mind, often used in psychology and cognitive science


    The concept of self-esteem is a mental construct that can affect a person's behavior and emotions.

  • a term used in linguistics to describe how language is used to create meaning


    The sentence 'I am happy' is a linguistic construct that conveys a positive emotional state.

Origins of construct

from Latin 'constructus', past participle of 'construere', meaning 'to heap up'


Summary: construct in Brief

The verb 'construct' [kənˈstrʌkt] means to build or create something, such as a building or a model airplane. It can also refer to creating an idea or theory, often without empirical evidence. The term extends into phrases like 'social construct,' referring to collective views and attitudes, and idioms like 'constructive criticism,' denoting helpful feedback.

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