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synonyms for construe

  • define
  • infer
  • interpret
  • parse
  • translate
  • analyze
  • decipher
  • explicate
  • expound
  • read
  • render
  • take
  • understand
  • figure it to be
  • one's best guess
  • spell out
See also synonyms for: construed
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antonyms for construe

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  • misunderstand
  • cloud
  • confuse
  • fail
  • obscure
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How to use construe in a sentence

Can any of your readers tell me whence comes the following Sotadic Elegiac poem, and construe it for me?
NOTES AND QUERIES, NUMBER 177, MARCH 19, 1853VARIOUS
I would not appear to dictate, but do you not fear Mr. Purcell may construe your non-attendance into disrespect to himself?
ALONEMARION HARLAND
Read over the Ovid to Jefferson, and construe about ten lines more.
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, VOLUME I (OF 2)FLORENCE A. THOMAS MARSHALL
After dinner construe Ovid (100 lines); finish second book of Spenser, and read two cantos of the third.
THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY, VOLUME I (OF 2)FLORENCE A. THOMAS MARSHALL
Some refer to Minerva, and construe the passage with reference to the Panathenaic celebration.
STUDIES ON HOMER AND THE HOMERIC AGE, VOL. 1 OF 3W. E. GLADSTONE
Will not those who have the power to construe,493 and carry out their construction, so construe it?
A REPORT OF THE DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS IN THE SECRET SESSIONS OF THE CONFERENCE CONVENTIONLUCIUS EUGENE CHITTENDEN
She was an imposing looking spinster, with a curious expression on her features which was difficult to construe.
THE SORROWS OF SATANMARIE CORELLI
There is the dramatic story, and no one can construe it into approval of any form of imprisonment for debt.
THE LAW AND THE POOREDWARD ABBOTT PARRY
Now—but only now—can I construe rightly the words my uncle uttered on his deathbed, which spoke of wrong he had done me and you.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 57, NO. 354, APRIL 1845VARIOUS
There can be no doubt that he could construe Pindar—none that he could have understood him—had he tried to do so.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, VOLUME 57, NO. 354, APRIL 1845VARIOUS
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WORDS RELATED TO CONSTRUE

  • comment
  • commentate
  • construe
  • define
  • elucidate
  • explain
  • expound
  • footnote
  • gloss
  • illustrate
  • interpret
  • note
  • remark
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