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construe
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
to interpret something as having a specific meaning
  • Tom had been used to be so entirely satisfied with himself, in spite of his breaking down in a demonstration, and construing nunc illas promite vires as "now promise those men"; but now he suddenly felt at a disadvantage, because he knew less than some one else knew.
    3.5 -- Book 3 Chapter 5 -- Tom Applies His Knife to the Oyster (79% in)
  • The desire to know that one has not looked an absolute fright during a few hours of conversation may be construed as lying within the bounds of a laudable benevolent consideration for others.
    6.1 -- Book 6 Chapter 1 -- A Duet in Paradise (78% in)

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