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noun construction pronunciation in American English /kənˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n/ 
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singularconstruction
pluralconstructions
  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.
      the work or business of building things, especially houses and other buildings

      He works in construction.

      a construction company/worker

    2. b.
      the way that something has been built

      houses of brick construction

  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.

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