By the Roots: Struere: to build – 10 Words


make by combining materials and parts

Poorly constructed buildings have long been a problem in Bangladesh.

causing damage

The existing sea wall, built in 1963 after a destructive storm, saved many large homes from being washed away by Sandy.

serving or acting as a means or aid

Though his scoring mattered little in the blowout loss Sunday, Green was instrumental in Virginia Tech’s comeback Saturday night.

make sense of; assign a meaning to

At times we said nothing to each other for days on end that could be in any way construed as interesting.Bartlett, Paul Alexander

interpret in the wrong way

Two days later, James backed away from the comments, saying they had been misconstrued.New York Times (Dec 31, 2011)

relating to the composition of something

In other words, nothing structural can be inferred from the current level of business profits.Forbes (Mar 6, 2013)

any structure that makes progress difficult

They are expected to face obstruction of justice charges, the sources said.Salon (May 1, 2013)

the basic features of a system or organization

“We have 18 critical infrastructures in the United States: water, food, electricity and so forth.Forbes (Apr 26, 2013)

tending to improve or promote development

“If this helps provoke constructive debate,” he said, “I’ve done my job.”

form anew

The restructuring could be finished within three years as the soonest.

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