construe (v.)
explain, expound
JC II.i.307[Brutus to Portia] All my engagements I will construe to thee
MW I.iii.41[Falstaff to Pistol, of Mistress Ford] I can construe the action of her familiar style
TS III.i.30[Bianca to Lucentio as Cambio, of the Latin phrases] Construe them
TS III.i.40[Bianca to Lucentio as Cambio, of the Latin phrases] Now let me see if I can construe it [i.e. explain them to you]
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