Meaning of “construct” in the English Dictionary

"construct" in British English

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constructverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈstrʌkt/ us /kənˈstrʌkt/

B2 to build something or put together different parts to form something whole:

to construct a new bridge/building
The walls are constructed of concrete.
to construct a story/sentence/argument

More examples

  • Students need the ability to construct a logical argument.
  • Police officers are trying to construct the timescale of events leading up to the murder.
  • Military engineers hurriedly constructed a pontoon bridge across the river.
  • The pipeline was constructed to transport oil across Alaska to ports on the coast.
  • Ditches were constructed to channel water away from the buildings.

constructnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒn.strʌkt/ us /ˈkɑːn.strʌkt/ formal

(Definition of “construct” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"construct" in American English

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constructverb [ T ]

us /kənˈstrʌkt/

to build something made of many parts:

They approved funds to construct a new ferry terminal.

To construct is also to put together different parts to form something new:

to construct a sentence
to construct a new economic theory

(Definition of “construct” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"construct" in Business English

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constructverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈstrʌkt/ us

to build something large such as a building, road, or bridge:

The group is constructing a $150 million medical school building.

to put the different parts of something together in order to make it:

It's a company which constructs circuit boards for mobile phones.
We aim to construct an investment portfolio which will reflect the investment aims of the client.

(Definition of “construct” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)