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 Among the work Cassidy has spearheaded are projects to reconstruct Gus Thomasson Road and improvements made to the Palos Verdes Lake Dam. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite names new director of public works," 26 Oct. 2020 To reconstruct the environment in which these changes occurred, the team turned to a site just 15 miles away, in the adjacent Koora basin—where the depression of an ancient lake basin lies can be seen beneath a grassy plain. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, "To Adapt to a Changing Environment 400,000 Years Ago, Early Humans Developed New Tools and Behaviors," 21 Oct. 2020 Does the lack of certainty mean that no attempt should be made to reconstruct the lives of people who were deliberately forced to the margins in their own time? Annette Gordon-reed, The New York Review of Books, "Rebellious History," 6 Oct. 2020 Friedman’s team pledged to reconstruct much of what was removed. Washington Post, "Planet Word, a new museum devoted to language, is a high-tech, feel-good experience," 21 Oct. 2020 Doctors had to reconstruct his ACL and his lateral structures. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "If anyone can understand what Dak Prescott is going through, it’s Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith," 13 Oct. 2020 This comes as part of a $50 million project that began in November 2018 to reconstruct the Interstate 17 interchanges at Happy Valley Road and Pinnacle Peak Road, ADOT said. Chloe Jones, The Arizona Republic, "Diverging diamond interchange opens at Interstate 17 and Happy Valley Road," 11 Oct. 2020 Mitchell lost two teeth, sustained a fractured jaw, and had surgery to reconstruct his eye socket. NBC News, "'Live PD' was canceled. But in one Texas county, its twisted legacy lives on," 11 Oct. 2020 Now, researchers have been able to reconstruct the scene of the attack after analyzing the unfortunate ground sloth's hind leg bone. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "13 million-year-old bite marks on fossil reveal 'strongest bite force ever measured in the animal kingdom'," 25 Aug. 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 27 Nov. 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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