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[ree-kon-sti-toot, -tyoot] /riˈkɒn stɪˌtut, -ˌtyut/
verb (used with object), reconstituted, reconstituting.
to constitute again; reconstruct; recompose.
to return (a dehydrated or concentrated food) to the liquid state by adding water:
to reconstitute a bouillon cube with hot water.
verb (used without object), reconstituted, reconstituting.
to undergo reconstitution; become reconstituted.
Origin of reconstitute
1805-15; re- + constitute
Related forms
[ree-kuh n-stich-oo-uh nt] /ˌri kənˈstɪtʃ u ənt/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
reconstitutable, reconstitutible, adjective
reconstitutive, adjective
reconstitution, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for reconstitution
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  • What we want now is purity and reconstitution of the national life.

    Mrs. Craddock W. Somerset Maugham
  • The reconstitution of such a road is essentially the filling up of gaps.

    The Old Road Hilaire Belloc
  • The old system was threatened with ruin, and modern China faced the problem: replacement or reconstitution?

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • The Queen's men came in on the reconstitution of that company in 1591-2.

  • It was affirmed that the reconstitution of the Deanery had somehow involved the complete suppression of the Chapter.

  • Hence the desirability of the dissolution and reconstitution of the firm.

    William Morris Elizabeth Luther Cary
  • Otherwise the work of redemption is only the reconstitution of the nature which God designed.

    Lux Mundi Various
  • This reconstituted feudalism was bound to end in a reconstitution of monarchy.

    Underground Man Gabriel Tarde
  • The Ducal Council was reappointed, and a special ordinance of 1495 provided for the reconstitution of the prince's estates.

    Belgium Emile Cammaerts
British Dictionary definitions for reconstitution


verb (transitive)
to restore (food, etc) to its former or natural state or a semblance of it, as by the addition of water to a concentrate: reconstituted lemon juice
to reconstruct; form again
Derived Forms
reconstituent (ˌriːkənˈstɪtjʊənt) adjective, noun
reconstitution, noun
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Word Origin and History for reconstitution



1790, from re- "back, again" + constitute (v.). Related: Reconstituted; reconstituting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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