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 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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Recent Examples on the Web That allowed investigators to reconstruct his exact movements while planning and pulling off the heist. Mario Ariza,, "Who’s who in the El Jabao crime syndicate," 3 Oct. 2020 Researchers are aiming to teach a machine to reconstruct a face using images of deceased people to learn the patterns between the nose, the muscles and the bones. Rachel Pannett, WSJ, "Augmented Reality Offers a Promise of Incision-Free Autopsies," 30 Sep. 2020 Surveillance footage and witness statements helped investigators reconstruct the chaos that night, which began shortly after Black and her friends arrived at the Lamplighter. Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, "Former St. Paul gang member charged in young makeup artist's fatal shooting outside bar," 20 Aug. 2020 Computer modeling helped the researchers to reconstruct the actual shape of the galaxy. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers find galaxy similar to Milky Way more than 12 billion light-years away," 12 Aug. 2020 In recent years, new X-ray and infrared imaging technologies have allowed art historians and conservators to better reconstruct the modern art pioneer’s creative process. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Abandoned Artwork Discovered Beneath Pablo Picasso Painting," 23 July 2020 By the way, the Astros likely will reconstruct their outfield with Josh Reddick and Michael Brantley, both 33, also eligible for free agency. John Shea,, "Astros’ George Springer will be free agent: Giants, anyone?," 6 Oct. 2020 The researchers studied the fossils from 33 different mastodons and were able to reconstruct DNA from their teeth, tusks and bones. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Mastodons migrated across extreme distances due to climate change, study says," 1 Sep. 2020 The Kenmore Leg, a two-mile stretch of I-76 that runs through Akron’s Kenmore neighborhood between I-77 and I-277, is part of ODOT’s project to reconstruct and widen sections of I-76. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Ramp closures to begin Sept. 8 on Kenmore Leg of I-76 in Akron," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of reconstruct

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reconstruct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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