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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For his part, Riley reconstructs the do-anything pursuit of capitalism into a collage of racial horror. Jason Parham, WIRED, "Sorry to Bother You: A Dizzying Satire That Hungers for Truth," 7 July 2018 The team reconstructed the king’s house mostly via the post holes and foundation trenches left on Mound Key. National Geographic, "Ancient Native American King's House Rediscovered in Florida," 13 June 2018 Last summer, the section between Garfield and Grant was reconstructed. Kimberly Fornek,, "Patient drivers needed in Hinsdale this summer, due to construction," 10 June 2018 The book reconstructs events long past and Green is bound by the available sources, mainly investigative records and interviews with members of the gang. Jill Leovy, New York Times, "The Killers of the ‘Sex Money Murder’ Gang and the Cops Who Went After Them," 1 June 2018 The exhibition reconstructs the missing film segments with photos accompanied by corresponding lines from the script. Rosemary Mcclure,, "Silent but scary Houdini movie to be shown at Catalina film festival," 17 May 2018 Scientists reconstructed the genome of an ancient plague in 2016, which may shed new light on how certain diseases can either mysteriously disappear or continue to evolve and spread. Katy Scott, CNN, "Why warriors in New Guinea used human bones as formidable daggers," 5 May 2018 Crews will reconstruct the road to improve facilities for motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Rosemarie Stein,, "Portland Metro Tuesday Traffic: Northbound SW 18th Avenue closes for MAX rail improvements," 1 May 2018 Goliad State Park & Historic Site: The park complex has a refurnished restoration of the Spanish Colonial Era Mission of Nuestra Señora del Espíritu Santo de Zuñiga, reconstructed in the 1930s. Jerry Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "State parks abound in the San Antonio area," 11 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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