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

Definition of reconstruct

transitive verb

: to construct again: such as
a : to establish or assemble again
b : to subject (an organ or part) to surgery to re-form its structure or correct a defect
c : to build up mentally : recreate reconstructing a lost civilization

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Other Words from reconstruct

reconstructible \ ˌrē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce reconstructible (audio) \ adjective
reconstructive \ ˌrē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tiv How to pronounce reconstructive (audio) \ adjective
reconstructor \ ˌrē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tər How to pronounce reconstructor (audio) \ 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.
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Published jointly by the PAGES 2K consortium, an international research group that works on reconstructing the Earth’s climate over the past 2,000 years, the study examines global average temperatures throughout the Common Era. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Current Warming Is Unparalleled in the Past 2,000 Years," 25 July 2019 Our proposal is to look at reconstructing the roof portion — which had burned in a formally precise replication of the dimensions and shapes, the forms that were there previously — but to do it with glass. Amy Gunia / Hong Kong, Time, "12 Questions for Tim Kobe, the Apple Store Designer Who Wants to Rebuild Notre Dame With Glass," 24 July 2019 The proposal is for reconstructing the lobby in its entirety. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California Theatre remodel sails through first government review," 10 July 2019 The leaders of the effort built upon its institutional infrastructure to form the DLC in 1985 with the goal of reconstructing the party’s electoral coalition and recapturing the White House. Lily Geismer, Vox, "Democrats and neoliberalism," 11 June 2019 Construction will include building four ramps as well as reconstructing the median along a portion of I-57 as well as widening a stretch of that interstate, according to the Tollway. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Work to start on next phase of linking I-294 and I-57," 11 June 2019 His work has helped rewrite the natural histories of many locations around the globe by reconstructing ecosystems as much as 450,000 years old, and maybe older. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 As part of a separate project in 2014, the city applied for federal funding to reconstruct the walking trail. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s plan to abandon an Indian Mounds Regional Park trail pits neighbors against tribes," 18 July 2019 The new plan still calls for tearing down the building, but more of its exterior will be saved and a stronger effort will be made to faithfully reconstruct the building. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California Theatre remodel sails through first government review," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of reconstruct

1762, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reconstruct

: to build (something damaged or destroyed) again
: to find out and describe or show the way an event or series of events happened


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

Kids Definition of reconstruct

: to make or form again : rebuild


transitive verb
re·​con·​struct | \ ˌrē-kən-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce reconstruct (audio) \

Medical Definition of reconstruct

: 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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