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

Examples of deconstruct in a Sentence

deconstructing the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes
Recent Examples on the Web But the book’s pauses of white space and radical changes in font and text size force the reader to stop and really consider what is being deconstructed. Kaitlyn Greenidge, New York Times, "Can You Dismantle White Supremacy With Words?," 6 Mar. 2020 Finally, the virtual material is deconstructed into real materials that consist of elements that are all smaller than the sound waves of interest. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Hollow corkscrews may put a cork in noisy ventilation," 14 Apr. 2020 Indian street foods include traditional samosas but also a deconstructed version that’s a sort-of a spicy garbanzo bean stew. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most exciting Indianapolis restaurants opening in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Graham’s company deconstructed the traditions of acceptable training, presenting a revolutionary new art form. Time, "1930: Martha Graham," 5 Mar. 2020 When the snobby critic Anton Ego eats Remy the rat’s deconstructed, fancy ratatouille and the flavors flash him back to his childhood and his mother serving him ratatouille after he’s fallen off his bike. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "The Creamy-Sour Soup I Need On All Sick Days (And Winter, In General)," 24 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Connaughton's firm is deconstructing a vacant duplex, at 1245-1247 N. Milwaukee St., in order to develop a four-story building with three luxury apartments. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pat Connaughton's investors group to pay $105,000 for city-owned development site on Brady Street," 30 Jan. 2020 The musicians deconstruct jazz standards to poetic effect, sprinkling the repertoire at this 2017 Village Vanguard date with Iverson originals. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Best jazz albums of 2019: Dee Alexander, Miguel Zenon and Anat Cohen Tentet had a very good year," 27 Nov. 2019 Bureau of Planning and Sustainability officials said last week that in the last three years, more than 200 houses have been deconstructed instead of razed. oregonlive, "Portland expands list of older homes required to be dismantled by hand," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of deconstruct

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deconstruct.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deconstruct. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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