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construe
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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to interpret (understand) something as have a specific meaning
  • He was a man not merely religious, but devout; a firm believer—not as the phrase is now elusively construed by theological thimble-riggers in the Church and out of it, but in the old and ardent sense of the Evangelical school: one who could Indeed opine That the Eternal and Divine Did, eighteen centuries ago In very truth....
    3 — The Rally (29% in)

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