how to pronounce construe


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construe is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of construe in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… they began to construe the term quote …”

meanings of construe


  1. To interpret or explain the meaning of something.
  2. To admit of grammatical analysis.
  3. To analyze the grammatical structure of a clause or sentence; to parse.
  4. To infer.
  5. To translate.


  1. An interpretation.
  2. A translation.

construe frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word construe occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics construe can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that construe can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

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