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.

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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 In the reconstituted Big East, UConn will reunite with former rivals including Georgetown, Villanova, St. John’s and Providence. Alex Putterman,, "UConn’s move to the Big East approved by trustees; chairman calls jump what’s ‘best for the athletic department’," 26 June 2019 By the time she was discharged, her marrow had been almost completely reconstituted. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 In an 11-1 vote, the reconstituted Denver City Council on Monday approved a $94 million project to rebuild ramps and interchanges while adding lanes to parts of Peña Boulevard’s final approach to the airport. Andrew Kenney, The Denver Post, "Denver council approves Peña Boulevard rebuild as new members show climate philosophy," 15 July 2019 Much of the methamphetamine available is imported from Mexico and reconstituted from powder or liquid in California methamphetamine labs into crystal and brought up to Oregon, the report stated., "Oregon deaths from meth up more than 400%, a new report says," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of reconstitute

1759, in the meaning defined above

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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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