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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·strue v. t. [imp. & p. p. Construed p. pr. & vb. n. Construing ]
 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.