re·​con·​struct | \ˌrē-kən-ˈstrəkt \
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 \ adjective
reconstructive \ˌrē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tiv \ adjective
reconstructor \ˌrē-​kən-​ˈstrək-​tər \ 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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Neuroscientists have used fMRI data to tell which of many images someone was viewing or to roughly reconstruct simple patterns viewed by their subjects. Matthew Hutson, WSJ, "‘The New Mind Readers’ Review: Scanning for Thoughts," 27 Nov. 2018 There has never been a brand like Naadam that uses real economic sustainability to reconstruct supply chain behaviors and relationships to change the product value for consumers. Emily Farra, Vogue, "These Are the 50 Digitally-Native Brands You’ll See Everywhere In 2019," 26 Sep. 2018 The white tubular steel outlines, award-winning examples of playful placemaking that allow visitors to reconstruct the buildings in their imaginations, have become icons and object lessons for architecture students. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Masterpieces of Robert Venturi, a postmodern architecture icon," 20 Sep. 2018 In the three years since the incident, Stubblefield has endured 22 different surgeries to reconstruct her face, along with numerous bone-breaking and stretching procedures, all in an effort to prepare her for her transplant. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Katie Stubblefield Is the Youngest Person in the U.S. to Get a Face Transplant​," 14 Aug. 2018 Moving forward, researchers hope to reconstruct the Iceman’s gut microbiome and find out how the bacteria in his belly compares to that of modern humans. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Before He Died, Ötzi the Iceman Ate a Greasy, Fatty Meal," 13 July 2018 An article on June 3 about using 3-D modeling to reconstruct the killing of protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, included an erroneous detail about the laser scanning of Instytutska Street. New York Times, "Corrections: June 24, 2018," 24 June 2018 The two of them once passed two very happy weekends of courtship in attempts to reconstruct an ancient catapult called an onager. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 Astrochronology combines astronomical theory with geological observation, allowing researchers to reconstruct the history of the solar system and better understand ancient climate change as captured in the rock record, according to the statement. Samantha Mathewson,, "Days on Earth Are Getting Longer, Thanks to the Moon," 5 June 2018

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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 \
reconstructed; reconstructing

Kids Definition of reconstruct

: to make or form again : rebuild


transitive verb
re·​con·​struct | \ˌrē-kən-ˈstrəkt \

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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