construe - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] formal 

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/kənˈstruː/
present tense
I/you/we/theyconstrue
he/she/itconstrues
present participleconstruing
past tenseconstrued
past participleconstrued
  1. to understand the meaning of something in a particular way
    construe something as something:

    Please do not construe this as any criticism of yourself.