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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The violent encounter and ensuing events were reconstructed through records and body-camera videos released to the Bay Area News Group and KQED this week under Senate Bill 1421, the state’s new police transparency law. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "SB 1421: San Jose State cop fired after beating gets job back, now with Los Gatos police," 3 July 2019 There were puffed coats, deconstructed and reconstructed from counterfeit North Face jackets commonly found in Ho Chi Minh City, where factories used to produce the genuine articles and continued on once the real business had left. Monica Kim, Vogue, "In a Chinatown Park, CFGNY Held a Moving Celebration of Asian Art and Community," 27 June 2019 He was reconstructed last month near an ice arena in the south end of Breckenridge. USA TODAY, "Troll trail, coal train derailment, geyser record: News from around our 50 states," 27 June 2019 The airport’s crosswind runway also will be reconstructed and extended — to 2,750 feet from 2,500 feet — and lights will be added for nighttime flying. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "Controversial Lake Elmo Airport expansion slated to start this fall," 24 June 2019 Haynes wore a gray jumpsuit with rips in the legs that showed off scars where cancer had caused the 48-year-old Reisterstown woman to have her femur removed and her knee reconstructed from her calf muscle and a tendon from a cadaver. Colin Campbell,, "'I am a miracle': Cancer survivors take the runway at annual Hopkins fashion show," 9 June 2019 Hearst planned to have the monastery reconstructed on his property, but a turn in his financial fortunes forced the businessman to auction off most of his estate. Jennifer Hattam, Discover Magazine, "How Engineers Move Massive Structures Without Breaking Them," 11 Mar. 2019 The Assad regime faces two tasks, neither easy: stabilizing, governing, and reconstructing the regions under its dominion; and clawing back the rest of the country. Charles Glass, The New York Review of Books, "Syria: A Savage Peace," 7 Feb. 2019 Researchers reconstructed their vegetarian diets by analyzing the fossils of 146 teeth from 16 crocodyliforms. Fox News, "Ancient crocodiles had vegetarian cousins that roamed the planet 200 million years ago, research shows," 27 June 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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