Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definitions and thesaurus

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun construction pronunciation in British English /kənˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n/ 
Word Forms

Related meanings

  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 centre.

    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.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of construction


web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


the possibility of Greece leaving the Eurozone …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog