—v.t. 1. to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret.
2. to deduce by inference or interpretation; infer: He construed her intentions from her gestures. 3. to translate, esp. orally.
4. to analyze the syntax of; to rehearse the applicable grammatical rules of: to construe a sentence. 5. to arrange or combine (words, phrases, etc.) syntactically.
—v.i. to admit of grammatical analysis or interpretation.
—n. 1. the act of construing.
2. something that is construed.