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

Examples of reconstitute in a Sentence

They have plans to reconstitute the bankrupt company.
Recent Examples on the Web Terrorists using satellite communications networks and blending into the local population made the Sahel a safe place to reconstitute. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "French killing of top al Qaeda terrorist shows vital role of US intelligence in Africa," 16 June 2020 Besides, Toyota has wholly reconstituted and outrageously energized the Supra. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, "Comparison Test: 1993 Toyota Supra Turbo Takes On the Best Sports Cars of the Early 1990s," 12 May 2020 The vaccine comes as a powder, which must be reconstituted with an accompanying solution of sterile diluent and then used within 6 hours. Leslie Roberts, Scientific American, "Why Measles Deaths Are Surging—and Coronavirus Could Make it Worse," 8 Apr. 2020 And yet working with families over months and years teaches you to hope that life reconstitutes on the other side of catastrophe, and that people can find joy in living again on the far side of unbearable loss. Chris Adrian, The New Yorker, "How to Hope: Lessons from a Children’s Hospital," 3 Apr. 2020 The Islamic State has been reconstituting its ranks in porous and ungoverned areas of Iraq and Syria, according to Iraqi and American intelligence officials. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Rocket Attack Kills Three U.S. Coalition Members in Iraq," 11 Mar. 2020 The deaths come as the Islamic State has spent recent months reconstituting its ranks in porous and ungoverned areas in Iraq and Syria, leaving local forces in both countries working to keep the terrorist group away from urban areas., "Two US Special Operations troops are killed fighting Islamic State in Iraq," 9 Mar. 2020 Space exploration has been a major priority for the Trump administration, which reconstituted the National Space Council and directed NASA to dramatically speed up its moon program. Washington Post, "Trump’s budget would bolster NASA’s plan to return humans to the moon," 10 Feb. 2020 Will these organizations be in a position to reconstitute themselves? Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Coronavirus deals arts groups $3.7 billion blow, according to nationwide study," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of reconstitute

1759, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jun 2020

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“Reconstitute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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