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 The company appears willing to cough up between $10bn and $12bn, with $3bn or more coming from the Sackler family, as part of a bankruptcy transaction that would see the firm reconstituted as a public trust. The Economist, "Johnson & Johnson, Purdue and other opioid-peddlers face a reckoning," 29 Aug. 2019 It can be refrigerated for up to 5 days, and reconstituted with milk or broth when reheated. Washington Post, "This polenta will satisfy for those nights when time is tight," 25 June 2019 Under the deal, Purdue is to be reconstituted as a public trust. The Economist, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy," 16 Sep. 2019 The Arab Knesset leader Ayman Odeh, who is the head of the Hadash Party, has, for his part, reconstituted the Joint List, a coalition of Arab parties, in an attempt to bring out the Arab vote, which dropped to under fifty per cent in April. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "The Israeli Election Is Next Week, and Unprecedented Alliances Are Moving Against Netanyahu," 10 Sep. 2019 The Defense Department’s inspector general warned last month that ISIS is reconstituting, and our partial drawdown has decreased our ability to assist our allies and monitor conditions in key locations on the ground. David French, National Review, "The Terrible Dilemma at the Heart of American Policy in Afghanistan and Syria," 3 Sep. 2019 Still, Mr Márquez’s reconstituted force can cause trouble. The Economist, "Will Colombia go back to war?," 29 Aug. 2019 The writer writes the book, but the process isn’t completed until another person takes it and reconstitutes it in their mind. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Chimes of a Lost Cathedral’ echo sounds of Russian past, present," 28 July 2019 But on the flip side, a lot of that capability is being reconstituted. CBS News, "Transcript: Russ Travers talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of reconstitute

1759, in the meaning defined above

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of reconstitute was in 1759

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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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