deconstruct

verb
de·​con·​struct | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce deconstruct (audio) \
deconstructed; deconstructing; deconstructs

Definition of deconstruct

transitive verb

1 : to examine (something, such as a work of literature) using the methods of deconstruction
2 : to take apart or examine (something) in order to reveal the basis or composition often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies deconstruct the myths of both the left and the right— Wayne Karlin
3 : to adapt or separate the elements of for use in an ironic or radically new way uses his masterly tailoring skills to deconstruct the classicsVogue
4 : destroy, demolish nations that are deconstructing themselves— Jim Hoagland

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Other Words from deconstruct

deconstructive \ -​tiv How to pronounce deconstructive (audio) \ adjective
deconstructor \ -​tər How to pronounce deconstructor (audio) \ noun

Examples of deconstruct in a Sentence

deconstructing the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes

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Simons would continue to deconstruct these ski-style knits at Dior and, later, Calvin Klein. Vogue, "Raf Simons Conjured Silver Belles for Christian Dior’s Debut Pre-Fall Collection," 29 Dec. 2018 In the half-century since Fontana slashed his paintings, any number of artists have followed his lead in deconstructing that old standby art object, the painting made on a piece of canvas stretched over a rectangular frame. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold’ Review: Creativity That Cuts Against the Grain," 22 Jan. 2019 The Airblock is meant to be deconstructed and flown easily. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Modular Drone Transforms Into Whatever You Want," 19 Oct. 2016 However, chef and proprietor Mason Hereford’s obsession with ingredients and deconstructing his childhood comfort foods make even these basic sammies incredibly special. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 Soon a waiter delivers what can only be described as wooden slabs of deconstructed avocado toast. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "When Priyanka Met Nick: A Love Story," 29 Nov. 2018 Rock vocal instructor Melissa Cross deconstructs the techniques of four types of screamers, from Roger Daltrey to the Cookie Monster. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Who’s That Covering Coldplay? It’s Loud, Raucous and Involves Headbanging," 30 Oct. 2018 His photography book, The Art Of Cleanup, restores order to the most common of places with an outside-the-box approach that deconstructs the everyday and puts it back together in a rational (and humorous) way. Olivia Rassow, ELLE Decor, "Extreme Organization: A Look At "The Art of Cleanup"," 15 Nov. 2013 The insurmountable task of deconstructing this soup, researchers note, is akin to unlocking every intricacy and benefit of breast milk. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of deconstruct

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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