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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But breasts reconstructed with implants, while natural-looking, don’t move naturally or take the shape of a bra the same way the real thing can. Suzanne Zuppello, SELF, "How I Found the Right Bras After Mastectomy and Reconstruction," 25 Oct. 2018 The summary: After losing his memory in a senseless attack that nearly kills him, a man (Steve Carell) reconstructs his past out of dolls and toys, building an elaborate fantasy world that helps him cope with his loss, confusion, and rage. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, December 2018," 7 Sep. 2018 The indictment painstakingly reconstructs the hackers’ movements using web servers and a complex bitcoin financing operation. Tami Abdollah, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutors: Russian hackers exploit US cyber vulnerability," 17 July 2018 While foreign aid has come in to help reconstruct Tikrit, which was recaptured last April, there is none in the pipeline for Anbar, where 1.1 million of the province’s 1.6 million population have been displaced. Jane Arraf, Newsweek, "How Iraqi Forces Drove ISIS From Ramadi," 25 Feb. 2016 The 1,790 parameters captured by the black box have allowed investigators to at least partly reconstruct what had happened during the short flight after takeoff from Jakarta. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Lion Air Seeks More Details on Boeing Crash," 22 Nov. 2018 Evans opened in 1955 and was reconstructed in 2012 at a reported cost of $70 million. Michael Candelaria,, "Pine Hills Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 During an earlier phase of restoration, the Segals reconstructed partitions that had been taken down and spruced up the the kitchen and bathroom with period details down to the original hardware. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Marcel Breuer’s 1950 Lauck House restored to its original glory," 21 Dec. 2018 Andikyan’s team worked for five hours to remove the tumor and reconstruct the patient’s abdomen while carefully avoiding a major blood vessel that the tumor had been sitting on, which posed a danger to her heart. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Woman's 132-pound ovarian tumor removed in 5-hour surgery," 2 Aug. 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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