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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After all, Mr Hockney himself is a master of reconstructing the real. The Economist, "A fictionalised biography of David Hockney," 4 June 2019 During the late 80s and early 90s, scientists were trying to reconstruct enzymes to give them different properties, but the process was proving difficult. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Nobels in Chemistry Made Evolution Work For Us," 3 Oct. 2018 Nor has a single apartment building been reconstructed. Fox News, "Damaged buildings, graft haunt Mexico City year after quake," 18 Sep. 2018 Under the guidance of French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, rooms from six of Ponti’s projects—including his home on Via Dezza, the Villa Planchart, and his sole Parisian project, the L’Ange Volant villa—are being reconstructed for the exhibition. Alice Cavanagh, WSJ, "Explore the Genius of Italian Architect Gio Ponti," 18 Aug. 2018 The randomness of the path is a blessing and a curse: the photon carries some of the path information with it, but interpreting the information is very difficult, and this prevents an image from being reconstructed. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Metamaterial-equipped endoscope reveals your innermost secrets," 4 Aug. 2018 The package that exploded indoors yielded parts that could be reconstructed, a law enforcement source told CNN on condition of anonymity. Emanuella Grinberg And Jason Morris, CNN, "These Austin residents worry that explosions may be racially motivated," 15 Mar. 2018 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

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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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