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      vb   , -strues, -struing, -strued   mainly tr  
1    to interpret the meaning of (something)  
you can construe that in different ways     
2    may take a clause as object   to discover by inference; deduce  
3    to analyse the grammatical structure of; parse (esp. a Latin or Greek text as a preliminary to translation)  
4    to combine (words) syntactically  
5    also intr  
Old-fashioned   to translate literally, esp. aloud as an academic exercise  
6    Old-fashioned   something that is construed, such as a piece of translation  
     (C14: from Latin construere to pile up; see construct)  
  construable      adj  
  construability      n  
  construer      n  
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analyse, deduce, explain, expound, interpret, parse, read, read between the lines, render, take, translate  

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