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

Definition of reconstruct

transitive verb

1 : to construct again: such as
a : to build or assemble (something) again reconstruct a damaged chimney
b 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
2a : 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
b : 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

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Other Words from reconstruct

reconstructible \ ˌrē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce reconstruct (audio) \ adjective
reconstructive \ ˌrē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tiv How to pronounce reconstruct (audio) \ adjective
reconstructor \ ˌrē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tər How to pronounce reconstruct (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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Recent Examples on the Web As the scales shed, they become preserved in marine sediments over time, allowing researchers to reconstruct patterns of change in elasmobranch communities over time, including the conditions of past ecosystems. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 The analysis also aims to reconstruct the vegetation history of the area, which the Kumeyaay utilized for thousands of years prior to being displaced during the Spanish conquest of 1769. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Aug. 2021 Woods, a ninth-year pro, said Stafford’s experience has been evident in his ability to come off the practice field and instantly reconstruct what went right or wrong. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 The $320 million project aims to replace the deteriorating infrastructure of the downtown interchange, and reconfigure and reconstruct it to increase safety and efficiency. Asha Prihar, The Indianapolis Star, 2 July 2021 Glassman worked with preservationists to dismantle the house board by board and brick by brick, transport it to grounds alongside The Grove, and reconstruct it. Mary Carole Mccauley,, 18 May 2021 The New York Blood Center, long headquartered on East 67th Street, is looking to expand its four-story building and reconstruct it into a nearly 600,000-square-foot life-sciences campus. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 13 May 2021 Next is pinpointing certain microbes that can be introduced to the human gut, and then using synthetic biology to reconstruct them, Kostic said. Jack Guy, CNN, 12 May 2021 The project will expand I-43 from four to six lanes — adding one lane in each direction — and reconstruct five existing interchanges, at Good Hope Road, Brown Deer Road, County Line Road, Mequon Road and Pioneer Road. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of reconstruct

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reconstruct was in 1762

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“Reconstruct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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