de·​con·​struct | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈstrəkt \
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 \ adjective
deconstructor \ -​tər \ noun

Examples of deconstruct in a Sentence

deconstructing the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes

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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 There were deconstructed flowers, candles, and the bride’s close friend Akrim playing the horn . . Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Erin Wasson Is Married—And Her Final Fitting at Vivienne Westwood Was Every Punk Rock Bride’s Dream," 30 July 2018 So was Detail, his show for ESPN, deconstructing video of individual NBA playoff performances this spring. Lee Jenkins,, "Fantastic Voyage: Kobe Bryant Is Now an Entertainment Mogul with a Friendlier Mission," 12 July 2018 These two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race. Daniel Holloway,, "MTV launches studio, sets 'Daria,' 'Real World,' 'Aeon Flux' revivals," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of deconstruct

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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