reconstruct

[ree-kuhn-struhkt]
verb (used with object)
1.
to construct again; rebuild; make over.
2.
to re-create in the mind from given or available information: to reconstruct the events of the murder.
3.
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:
1760–70; re- + construct

reconstructible, adjective
reconstructor, reconstructer, noun
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reconstruct (ˌriːkənˈstrʌkt)
 
vb
1.  to construct or form again; rebuild: to reconstruct a Greek vase from fragments
2.  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
 
recon'structible
 
adj
 
recon'struction
 
n
 
recon'structive
 
adj
 
recon'structional
 
adj
 
recon'structor
 
n

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Word Origin & History

reconstruct
1768, "to build anew," from re- "back, again" + construct (q.v.). Meaning "to restore (something) mentally" is attested from 1862. Reconstruction is attested from 1791, "action or process of reconstructing. Specific sense in U.S. history (usually with a capital R-) is attested from 1865. It was used
earlier during Amer. Civil War in ref. to reconstitution of the union.
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Example sentences
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.
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