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 Each piece of the historic building will be numbered and cataloged, with the goal of reconstructing it in a different location at a later date. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "18th-Century Log Cabin Discovered Beneath Condemned Pennsylvania Bar," 14 Feb. 2020 Recovery of the black box, which records data from the flight and voices from the cockpit, is considered a key step in reconstructing the final moments of any air crash. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Iran admits shooting down jetliner with missile; says the strike was unintentional," 11 Jan. 2020 New, more powerful software developed over the last 15 years or so also aided in reconstructing the lost land mass. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Reveals Lost Continent Demolished by Europe," 13 Sep. 2019 The elections board director said Shelby County switched voter registration software vendors in July and the new vendor could not reconstruct the full list. USA Today, "Ohio’s voter registration purge targeted thousands in error. Now, a call for change.," 23 Jan. 2020 That insight comes courtesy of a fascinating working paper by economist Paul Schmelzing, which reconstructs real interest rates in advanced economies dating back to 1311. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "What interest rates dating back to 1311 tell us about today’s global economy," 19 Jan. 2020 Currently, construction is focused on creating a fourth lane between Shepherd and Glendale-Milford, reconstructing the Shepherd interchange and realigning Neumann Way. Erin Glynn And Madeline Northup,, "Why your commute seems stressful: Big highway construction projects in Greater Cincinnati," 13 Jan. 2020 And there is little sign that buildings which have been reconstructed are structurally sound enough to keep inhabitants safe through the next earthquake. Caitlin Hu, CNN, "Ten years after an earthquake devastated their country, many Haitians have little hope," 12 Jan. 2020 The connective tissue between scenes is missing and the reader must reconstruct the narrative. Edmund White, Harper's magazine, "Existential Noir," 6 Jan. 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 19 Feb. 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


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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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