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Jan 7, 2021
This week’s theme
Usage examples that are food for thought

This week’s words
approbation
promontory
exigency
construe
disinterested

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construe

PRONUNCIATION:
(kuhn-STROO)

MEANING:
verb tr., intr.: To interpret, understand, analyze, or explain.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin construere (to construct), from con- (with) + struere (to pile up or arrange). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ster- (to spread), which also gave us structure, industry, destroy, street, stratagem, stratum, stratocracy, and Russian perestroika. Earliest documented use: 1362.

USAGE:
“But men may construe things after their fashion, clean from the purpose of the things themselves.”
William Shakespeare; Julius Caesar; 1623.

See more usage examples of construe in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There are years that ask questions and years that answer. -Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer (7 Jan 1891-1960)

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