reconstruct

verb
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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When Apons’ wife, Heather, called their insurance company this month to request a new homeowners’ insurance quote, the agent provided a figure that would pay them $340,000 less than the current price tag to reconstruct their house. Lorin Eleni Gill, The Seattle Times, "California wine country fires leave homeowners struggling," 27 Aug. 2018 That means archaeologists now have analogs to use for comparison in reconstructing other buildings at the site from the same period. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists reconstruct pre-Columbian temple with 3D-printed blocks," 17 Dec. 2018 This is the final phase of reconstructing both of those corridors, bisected by railroad tracks that essentially cram four intersections into two. Bill Banks, ajc, "Decatur still waiting on state-of-the art traffic cabinets," 12 July 2018 But the technique could be more scalable than leading approaches for reconstructing sports in 3D, which require arrays of cameras around the pitch recording every angle. Edd Gent, Science | AAAS, "Watch artificial intelligence project a 3D soccer match on your kitchen table," 12 June 2018 Stewart’s administration has spent millions on reconstructing downtown streets, sidewalks and parks to generate a contemporary, inviting atmosphere. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "The Path To A Downtown New Britain Revival? Beehive Bridge," 1 June 2018 Kamitani recently pubished a study showing the use of fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging, which detects brain activity by looking at blood flow) to reconstruct images from a waking person's mind. Charlotte Hawks, CNN, "How close are we to video-recording our dreams?," 4 Apr. 2018 But breasts reconstructed with implants, while natural-looking, don’t move naturally or take the shape of a bra the same way the real thing can. Suzanne Zuppello, SELF, "How I Found the Right Bras After Mastectomy and Reconstruction," 25 Oct. 2018 The summary: After losing his memory in a senseless attack that nearly kills him, a man (Steve Carell) reconstructs his past out of dolls and toys, building an elaborate fantasy world that helps him cope with his loss, confusion, and rage. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of reconstruct

1762, in the meaning defined above

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reconstruct

verb

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

reconstruct

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

Kids Definition of reconstruct

: to make or form again : rebuild

reconstruct

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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