|v. t.||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.
|Verb||1.||construe - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"|