construe (v.)
interpret, take, understand
2H4 IV.i.102[Westmorland to Mowbray] Construe the times to their necessities, / And you shall say ... it is the time, / And not the King, that doth you injuries
JC I.ii.45[Brutus to Cassius, of his behaviour] let not therefore my good friends be grieved ... / Nor construe any further my neglect [i.e. do not read too much into my neglect]
JC I.iii.34[Cicero to Casca] men may construe things after their fashion
LLL V.ii.341[King to Princess] Construe my speeches better, if you may
Oth IV.i.101[Iago to himself, of Othello] his unbookish jealousy must construe / Poor Cassio's smiles ... / Quite in the wrong
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