Synonyms of 'construe'
to interpret the meaning of (something)He may construe your approach as a hostile act.
to analyse the grammatical structure of (a sentence)
to translate literally(old-fashioned)
Only a small number of his books have been translated into English.
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in the sense of explain
to make something easily understandable, esp. by giving a clear and detailed account of itHe explained the process to us in simple terms.
in the sense of read
to interpret (signs, characters, etc.) other than by visual meansNow how do you read his remarks on that subject?
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