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

transitive verb

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

Examples of reconstitute in a Sentence

They have plans to reconstitute the bankrupt company.
Recent Examples on the Web Having largely reconstituted his domestic position following the Gulf War, Saddam had no regrets about anything and was determined to wait out his enemies, regain his military strength and full freedom of action, and continue taking on the world. Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Easy immune booster citrus juice Frozen reconstituted or 100% bottled juice can be subbed for fresh oranges. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 12 Jan. 2024 To this end, Israel is planning for an extended military campaign that will prevent Hamas from reconstituting itself to engage in future terrorism against Israel. Daniel Kurtzer, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2023 Even if Ukraine did not have such acute immediate requirements, Europe would need to increase its weapons and ammunition production, because European armies need to reconstitute their defense supplies and address shortfalls. Arancha González Laya, Foreign Affairs, 2 Feb. 2024 But the most decisive fight may also be the least immediately visible: Russia and Ukraine will spend the next twelve months in a race to determine which side can better reconstitute and resupply its forces, in terms of not only personnel but also shells, rockets, and drones. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 This would only allow Hamas to reconstitute itself and continue the fighting. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 8 Jan. 2024 The ‘American Lafayette’ fought for Iranian freedom a century ago The state of play persuaded the CIA to reconstitute its station with new faces that would be unfamiliar to locals. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 Clusters of countries form, dissolve, and reconstitute themselves around different issues in order to promote their interests. Joshua Shifrinson, Foreign Affairs, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reconstitute was in 1759

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“Reconstitute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​con·​sti·​tute (ˈ)rē-ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌt(y)üt How to pronounce reconstitute (audio)
: to return to a former condition by adding water

Medical Definition


transitive verb
re·​con·​sti·​tute (ˈ)rē-ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌt(y)üt How to pronounce reconstitute (audio)
reconstituted; reconstituting
: to constitute again or anew
especially : to restore to a former condition by adding liquid
reconstituted blood plasma

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