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deconstruct

[dee-kuh n-struhkt] /ˌdi kənˈstrʌkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to break down into constituent parts; dissect; dismantle.
Origin
apparently back formation from deconstruction
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  • But it doesn't deconstruct to any new interesting proposition.
  • When you deconstruct it to a level of utter submission you realize you've been on an adventure.
  • The goal is to deconstruct, to uncover the hidden, multi-faceted meanings and thereby to reveal the codes of power.
  • At the time, the idea was to deconstruct texts to uncover underlying ideologies.
  • Certainly it would be time-consuming to purchase a paper and deconstruct it to provide info for all of the stages above.
  • Only instead of cooperating to build collections, libraries are now cooperating to deconstruct them.
  • She then spent extra to deconstruct it into pieces and transport it to her property.
  • The historian and the novelist both work to deconstruct the aggregate fictions of their societies.
  • To simulate or to deconstruct, that is the question.
  • However, teachers who work with struggling readers find it helpful to deconstruct the reading process into its component parts.
British Dictionary definitions for deconstruct

deconstruct

/ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to apply the theories of deconstruction to (a text, film, etc)
2.
to expose or dismantle the existing structure in (a system, organization, etc)
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Word Origin and History for deconstruct
v.

1973, back-formation from deconstruction. Related: Deconstructed; deconstructing.

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