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

Other Words from deconstruct

deconstructive \ ˌdē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tiv How to pronounce deconstruct (audio) \ adjective
deconstructor \ ˌdē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tər How to pronounce deconstruct (audio) \ noun

Examples of deconstruct in a Sentence

deconstructing the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes
Recent Examples on the Web As the fifth Scream movie’s release date draws nearer, fans of the series have high expectations for yet another sequel that will subvert and deconstruct the media landscape of horror through witty banter, shocking twists and gallons of fake blood. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Oct. 2021 The city issued the order to deconstruct the Ninth Avenue buildings’ facades by hand after a developer’s engineer reported — and city engineers confirmed — that the facades were detaching from the structures and were in danger of collapse. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Artist Renee Cox dramatically recreates signers of the Constitution with modern-day women and men of color in a 12-by-15-foot photograph intended to deconstruct stereotypes. Mary Lou Cruz,, 24 Sep. 2021 In any case, the Bears still are digging into film with Fields to deconstruct all that went wrong Sunday. Colleen Kane,, 28 Sep. 2021 The company buys authentic vintage and antique building materials — columns and pediments to mantels and hinges — and has experts who will carefully deconstruct historic buildings ( oregonlive, 22 Sep. 2021 One of my intentions in writing this novel was to deconstruct received notions about origins, blood, inheritance. Deborah Treisma, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Engaging with these difficult questions can help your company deconstruct white norms and gain perspective about employees’ satisfaction, lead to change management, and encourage retention. Nadia Hernandez, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Film festivals like SheffieldDocFest should be a tool to deconstruct pathways of power that prioritise one film, one national cinema, one distribution model, one filmmaking movement over another. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of deconstruct

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deconstruct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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