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noun construction pronunciation in American English /kənˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process of building something large or complicated, such as a bridge or road
    construction of: The company will finance the construction of a new community sports center.
    under construction (=being built): The dam is still under construction.
    1. a.
  2. 2
    [countable] a building or other large structure
    The cathedral is a fantastic modern construction.
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] the way in which words are put together to form a sentence or phrase
    difficult grammatical constructions
  4. 4
    [uncountable] formal the process of creating something such as an idea or system
    Her novel explores the construction of gender roles.
  5. 5
    [countable] formal the meaning that you think a word, sentence, phrase, or action has
    put/place a construction on something: We both heard what he said, but she put quite a different construction on it.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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