Meaning of “construction” in the English Dictionary

"construction" in British English

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constructionnoun

uk /kənˈstrʌk.ʃən/ us /kənˈstrʌk.ʃən/

construction noun (BUILDING)

B2 [ U ] the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc.:

She works in construction/in the construction industry.
The bridge is a marvellous work of engineering and construction.
This website is currently under construction (= being created).

[ U ] the particular type of structure, materials, etc. that something has:

The bridge is of lightweight construction.

B2 [ C ] a building:

What's that concrete and metal construction over there?

More examples

  • Falling house prices are illustrative of the crisis facing the construction industry.
  • The starting date for the construction work is June 23.
  • The construction of the tunnel is a large and complex undertaking.
  • He called for checks to discover whether corrupt officials are being bribed to connive in shoddy construction.
  • How are we going to pay for the construction work?

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

"construction" in American English

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constructionnoun

us /kənˈstrʌk·ʃən/

[ U ] the act or result of putting different things together:

A new hotel is now under construction (= being built).

[ C ] fml your understanding of the meaning of something in a particular way:

The construction you are putting on my client’s statement is unfair.

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

"construction" in Business English

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constructionnoun

uk /kənˈstrʌkʃən/ us

[ U ] the process or business of building large objects such as buildings, roads, bridges, etc.:

Employment in construction increased by 12,000.
a construction site/project/worker 29-year-old Jose has a well-paid job at a downtown construction site.
under construction In February, there were 15% fewer homes under construction than in the corresponding month of last year.
a construction company/firm/group
the construction industry/sector

[ U ] PRODUCTION the activity of putting the different parts of something together in order to make it:

The chemical is found in materials used in the construction of travel trailers.
under construction They now have four satellites under construction.
the construction of an investment portfolio

[ U ] the particular type of structure, materials, etc. that something has:

The bridge is of lightweight construction.

[ C ] a building or other object that has been built:

The new office building was a glass and steel construction.

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