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Definition to interpret (understand) something as have a specific meaning
  • The executive branch does not construe the provision as requiring it to share additional information with Congress.
construe = interpret
  • Juries can construe evidence to mean something it does not.
  • construe = interpret
  • We need someone who will not be suspected of having construed the contract in their favor.
  • It was impossible to know what action might later be construed as a crime.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony
  • construed = understood something to have a specific meaning
  • Now let me see if I can construe it:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • construe = understand something to have a specific meaning
  • Gregor would sometimes catch a friendly comment, or at least a comment that could be construed as friendly.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • construed = interpreted
  • But men may construe things after their fashion,
    Clean from the purpose of the things themselves.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • construe = understand something to have a specific meaning
  • I can construe the action of her familiar style
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • construe = interpret (understand the implications of)
  • How do we construe "infinity"? If you have to get half way to a destination an infinite number of times prior to reaching it, and if infinity never ends, then what understanding of "infinity" permits you to reach any destination?
  • Article IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • There's an old story has the same refrain; Who bade them so construe it?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed Rosalie looking down at the table, and I realized that my words could be construed in two ways.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • CROMWELL Is that what the world in fact construes from it?
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • To cozen him of all, were but a cheat Well placed; no man would construe it a sin: Let his sport pay for it, this is call'd the Fox-trap.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Your conscience will tell you, sir, whether I construe it well or not.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Is that correctly construed?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Anything that I could construe as relevant to the day when they would leave the island had a place in the classroom.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Construe my speeches better, if you may.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love's Labour's Lost
  • It was in this way that she had construed his answer when they parted all that time ago.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Nor can there be strict rules for how the judges will construe the offenses.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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