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I've heard these two words a lot of times and in different kinds of using and came up with the conclusion that these two words pretty close in terms of usage.

There's the video that includes these two terms:

1 What constitutes a good life?

2 And if we have misconstrued the relationship between biological complexity and the possibilities of experience

3 Now, many of you might worry that the notion of well-being is truly undefined, and seemingly perpetually open to be re-construed

4 There is clearly a range of materials that constitute healthy food

Questions:

1) Can I use the words constitutes and construe interchangeably.

  • In case if I can use them interchangeably sometimes then when I can do it and when I can't?

2) Can I use these terms interchangeably in the #1 and #4?

3) Is it right expression: 'How to construe our life of itself'?

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    They are absolutely different words. What made you suppose that they can be interchangeable? – SovereignSun Apr 10 '17 at 12:53
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X and Y constitute Z means X and Y together make a Z, it's synonymous with to be a part of.

Construe is synonymous with interpret or define given information X and Y.

Constitute is concerned with the physical makeup of something, whereas construe is concerned with the meaning or interpretation.

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Firstly, let's look up the words in the dictionaries.

  • constitute - to be or be considered as something; to form or make something.
  • construe - to understand the meaning, especially of other people's actions and statements, in a particular way (construe sth as sth); to understand (an action, event, remark, etc.) in a particular way; to interpret the meaning of (something).

  1. What constitutes a good life? - What elements form a good life.
  2. And if we have misconstrued the relationship between biological complexity and the possibilities of experience - if we have misunderstood (misinterpreted)
  3. Now, many of you might worry that the notion of well-being is truly undefined, and seemingly perpetually open to be re-construed - be open to understanding or interpreting in a particular way.
  4. There is clearly a range of materials that constitute healthy food - That make food healthy or add up to the food for it to be healthy.

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