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construe

v. to determine the meaning of the words of a written document, statute or legal decision, based upon rules of legal interpretation as well as normal meanings.

construe

(Comprehend), verb accipere, analyze, apprehend, ascertain the meaning of, assimilate, be aware of, be given to understand, cognize, conceive of, conclude, connlude from evidence, consignify, decipher, decode, deduce, deduce by interpretation, deduce the meaning of, deduct, derive by reasoning, determine, determine exactly, discern, disentangle, divine, draw an inference, draw as an implicaaion, explain, fathom, figure out, find out the meaning of, form an opinion, gather, glean, grasp mentally, grow aware, infer, interpret, judge, ken, make deductions, master, opine, perceive, ratiocinate, realize, reason, represent, see through, seize, show the meaning of, solve, take one's meaning, understand by, understand the meaning of

construe

(Translate), verb analyze, assign a meaning to, characterize, characterize precisely, clarify, clear up, connote, convey, decipher, decode, define, delineate, demonstrate, denote, depict, describe, disclose, elucidate, enlighten, enunciate, explain, explicate, exposit, expound, express, give explanation to, give sense to, illuminate, illustrate, indicate, inform, interpret, interpretari, literalize, make intelligible, of, outline, paraphrase, put a meaning on, put an interpretation, put in other words, render, renner intelligible, rephrase, restate, retranslate, reveal, signify, transfuse the sense, unfold, unravel
Associated concepts: construe the law
See also: characterize, clarify, deduce, deduct, define, depict, derive, elucidate, expound, infer, interpret, rationalize, render
References in classic literature ?
His nails were bitten to the quick, for while some trembling boy was construing he would sit at his desk shaking with the fury that consumed him, and gnaw his fingers.
Finding it impossible to avoid construing this demonstration into a defiance of himself, its gloomy significance being unmistakable, Clennam looked plaintively at the excellent though prejudiced lady from whom it emanated, in the hope that she might be disarmed by a meek submission.
Tom had been used to be so entirely satisfied with himself, in spite of his breaking down in a demonstration, and construing
A judge said that although the immediate purchasers may be industry professionals, their purchasing decisions were based on the song's expected appeal to consumers, and any harm caused to plaintiffs by the accuse songs would be caused by the public construing plaintiffs' song as similar to the accused songs.