re·​con·​struct ˌrē-kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce reconstruct (audio)
reconstructed; reconstructing; reconstructs

transitive verb

: to construct again: such as
: to build or assemble (something) again
reconstruct a damaged chimney
medical : to subject (an organ or part) to surgery to re-form its structure or correct a defect
an athlete with a surgically reconstructed shoulder
: to re-create or reimagine (something from the past) especially by using information acquired through research
reconstructing a lost civilization
The solution is to reconstruct the vocabularies of vanished ancient languages (so-called protolanguages) by comparing vocabularies of modern languages derived from them.Jared Diamond
: to create an accurate reenactment or understanding of (a past occurrence or event, such as an accident) by applying scientific principles and techniques to physical evidence
McDaniel hired the firm to reconstruct a fiery collision in Limestone County several years ago in which two young women were killed when their car was engulfed in flames.John Peck
reconstructible adjective
reconstructive adjective
reconstructor noun

Examples of reconstruct in a Sentence

After the earthquake, many houses needed to be reconstructed. Archaeologists were able to reconstruct most of the ancient village from their findings. They are attempting to reconstruct the events that led to the bridge's collapse.
Recent Examples on the Web They were reconstructed and renovated to create an attractive new cultural hub in the heart of Selfoss. Selfoss is also the place to dive into the Icelandic superfood, skyr. David Nikel, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Researchers virtually reconstructed how the wall likely appeared during the Stone Age. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 Visitors to the park will be able to walk through a historical cemetery and reconstructed WWII-era buildings, such as barracks, a recreation hall, guard tower and water tank. Emi Tuyetnhi Tran, NBC News, 16 Feb. 2024 While seeing the original statue is impossible, a nonprofit in Madrid called the Factum Foundation hopes to achieve the next best thing: The organization has carefully reconstructed the colossus. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 The Washington Post reconstructed the events of that day by interviewing three family members, five members of the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and reviewing audio of phone conversations between dispatchers and children in the car. Cate Brown, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 But instead, in a final May 2023 memo to the city, the chief of the county highway division, Leandro Oña, ruled that since the structure had to be rebuilt anyway, it should be torn down and reconstructed somewhere else to meet modern setback requirements. Andres Viglucci, Miami Herald, 24 Jan. 2024 The project will also reconstruct the entire northern portion of the building, excluding the arcade, restoring it to its original design and allowing for expansion of the basement floor level where the new proscenium theater will be located. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Jan. 2024 Fisch's existing five-year contract at Arizona, which was reconstructed after last season, expires after the 2027 season and is worth $18.3 million. Justin Spears, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of reconstruct was in 1762

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Cite this Entry

“Reconstruct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​con·​struct ˌrē-kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce reconstruct (audio)
: to construct again : rebuild, remodel

Medical Definition


transitive verb
re·​con·​struct ˌrē-kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce reconstruct (audio)
: to subject (an organ or part) to surgery so as to re-form the structure of or to correct a defect
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