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[ree-kuh n-struhkt] /ˌri kənˈstrʌkt/
verb (used with object)
to construct again; rebuild; make over.
to re-create in the mind from given or available information:
to reconstruct the events of the murder.
Historical Linguistics. to arrive at (hypothetical earlier forms of words, phonemic systems, etc.) by comparison of data from a later language or group of related languages.
Origin of reconstruct
1760-70; re- + construct
Related forms
reconstructible, adjective
reconstructor, reconstructer, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reconstruct
  • Crane had but to imagine himself in a similar danger and reconstruct the moods that came over him.
  • It was believed that a chemist could reconstruct a plant from its ashes.
  • There they were looking at how forensic scientists can reconstruct the lives of early settlers from the gravesites.
  • At the moment, though, it is difficult to reconstruct this scene without the discovery of bodies.
  • With enough resources, a damaged region can reconstruct itself with surprising speed.
  • But when you attempt to reconstruct it in words, you will find that it breaks into a thousand conflicting impressions.
  • He stammered an answer that he could only reconstruct later, when he had calmed down.
  • Looking at the drawing, you reconstruct the artist's thought and share his satisfaction.
  • Paleoanthropologists used the dimensions and contours of the skull to reconstruct her face.
  • The results came from a new technique used to reconstruct the course of animal evolution.
British Dictionary definitions for reconstruct


verb (transitive)
to construct or form again; rebuild: to reconstruct a Greek vase from fragments
to form a picture of (a crime, past event, etc) by piecing together evidence or acting out a version of what might have taken place
Derived Forms
reconstructible, adjective
reconstruction, noun
reconstructive, reconstructional, adjective
reconstructor, noun
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Word Origin and History for reconstruct

1768, "to build anew," from re- "back, again" + construct (v.). Meaning "to restore (something) mentally" is attested from 1862. Related: Reconstructed; reconstructing.

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