de·con·struct | \ ˌdē-kən-ˈstrəkt \

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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We in the media love to deconstruct Father’s Day with those bad father stories. John Kass,, "What not to get dad for Father's Day," 15 June 2018 In the months since, Wardle has worked on and off to deconstruct that emoji mystery. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, "Apple's China-Friendly Censorship Caused an iPhone-Crashing Bug," 10 July 2018 To understand, let’s deconstruct a product that actually moisturizes — a lotion — and its three major umbrella ingredients: humectants, occlusives, and emollients. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Everything You Need to Know About Putting Oils on Your Face," 12 July 2018 Adele deconstructs the 1989 Cure classic and turns it into a Latin-tinged torch song. Chuck Arnold, Billboard, "Every Adele Song Ranked: Critic's Picks," 4 May 2018 But last night, rather than dig into the lengthy show notes and deconstruct the references, the Raf enthusiasts were content to take another sip of wine, look at some fantastic clothes, and enjoy the party. The Editors Of Gq Style, GQ, "Raf Simons Hosts Another Legendary New York Fashion Week: Men’s Show with Waffles, Wine, and Drugs," 8 Feb. 2018 Made in support of the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion heading down to Yuma, the bridge was built and deconstructed between September 6-17. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "When You Need to Cross a River with No Bridge, Build One Yourself," 29 Sep. 2017 What makes this issue special is how Kot lyrically delivers the story in Bond's almost poetic inner monologue while also literally deconstructing the character's mythos. Will Nevin,, "WW #100: Writer Eliot Rahal's 'Hot Lunch Special' more 'real' with story of family -- and crime," 15 May 2018 And don't forgo that casatta cake with its rich, faithful flavors and deconstructed presentation. Debbi Snook,, "Turn Bar and Kitchen, the chic new face at Ritz-Carlton Cleveland (review, photos)," 9 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of deconstruct

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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