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From Middle English construcciounconstruction, from Old French construction, from Latin cōnstructiō, from cōnstruere, present active infinitive of cōnstruō, from con- (with) +‎ struō (pile up, arrange; build, erect).


  • IPA(key)/kənˈstɹʌkʃən/


construction (countable and uncountableplural constructions)

  1. The process of constructing.
     Construction is underway on the new bridge.
  2. Anything that has been constructed.
     The engineer marvelled at his construction.
  3. The trade of building structures.
     He had worked in construction all his life.
  4. A building, model, or some other structure.
     The office was a construction of steel and glass.
  5. (art) A (usually non-representational) structure, such as a collage etc.
     “Construction in string and clockwork” took first prize.
  6. The manner in which something is built.
    A thing of simple construction.
  7. (grammar) A group of words arranged to form a meaningful phrase.
  8. The act or result of construing the meaning of something.
    American conservatives tend to favor strict construction of the Constitution.
  9. The meaning or interpretation of a text, action etc.; the way something is viewed by an observer or onlooker.
  10. (geometry) A geometric figure of arcs and line segments that is drawable with a straightedge and compass.
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