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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Construe  \Con*strue\  (?;  Archaic  ?),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p. 
  {Construed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Construing}.]  [L.  construere: 
  cf  F.  construire  See  {Construct}.] 
  1.  To  apply  the  rules  of  syntax  to  (a  sentence  or  clause)  so 
  as  to  exhibit  the  structure,  arrangement,  or  connection 
  of  or  to  discover  the  sense  to  explain  the  construction 
  of  to  interpret;  to  translate. 
 
  2.  To  put  a  construction  upon  to  explain  the  sense  or 
  intention  of  to  interpret;  to  understand. 
 
  Thus  we  are  put  to  construe  and  paraphrase  our  own 
  words  to  free  ourselves  either  from  the  ignorance  or 
  malice  of  our  enemies.  --Bp. 
  Stilingfleet 
 
  And  to  be  dull  was  construed  to  be  good.  --Pope. 




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