re·​con·​sti·​tute | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce reconstitute (audio) , -ˌtyüt \
reconstituted; reconstituting; reconstitutes

Definition of reconstitute

transitive verb

: to constitute again or anew especially : to restore to a former condition by adding water

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Other Words from reconstitute

reconstitution \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌkän(t)-​stə-​ˈtü-​shən How to pronounce reconstitute (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ \ noun

Examples of reconstitute in a Sentence

They have plans to reconstitute the bankrupt company.
Recent Examples on the Web In 2014, the ubiquitous social network, which is somewhat of a social census, responded to the demands of younger users to reconstitute gender categories beyond the oppressive binary. Gillian Oakenfull, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Set to 210°F (99°C), occasionally stirring, for 10 minutes, until the chilies reconstitute and turn into a paste. Diana Davila, Robb Report, 4 May 2021 Factions form, break apart and reconstitute along different axes. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 Some estimates predict that al Qaeda and ISIS could reconstitute in 18 to 36 months, an estimate McKenzie did not deny in testimony. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, 22 Apr. 2021 The operation raised the question of whether Israel was acting on its own to strike Iran and undermine American diplomacy as the Biden administration seeks to reconstitute a nuclear agreement. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2021 Roberts notes that the S&P index committee doesn’t actively reconstitute benchmarks, so companies eligible for inclusion can wait for months or even years before being added. Antoine Gara, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 While some foreign policy problems demand urgency — like the push to reconstitute the Iran nuclear deal — diplomats said allies will give Biden some room to maneuver. Anne Gearan, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Feb. 2021 But their ingenuity testifies to freedoms that can never be fully taken: to imagine, to create, to reconstitute, to survive by way of unexpected beauties. Leslie Jamison, The Atlantic, 7 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of reconstitute

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reconstitute was in 1759

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12 Jun 2021

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“Reconstitute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reconstitute

formal : to form (an organization or group) again in a different way
technical : to return (something, such as dried food) to a former state by adding water


transitive verb
re·​con·​sti·​tute | \ (ˈ)rē-ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌt(y)üt How to pronounce reconstitute (audio) \
reconstituted; reconstituting

Medical Definition of reconstitute

: to constitute again or anew especially : to restore to a former condition by adding liquid reconstituted blood plasma

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