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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.
1760-70; re- + construct
Related forms
reconstructible, adjective
reconstructor, reconstructer, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for reconstructors


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 reconstructors
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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