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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Learn about the iconic boulder masonry of the Inca and the preservation of ancient ruins, and reconstruct Machu Picchu during its heyday through writings or sketches. National Geographic, "Peru & the Amazon High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The game ultimately hinges on Luigi reconstructing a broken elevator by hunting down its buttons and then using it to traverse the various floors in search of his friends. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "E3 2019: Why you’ll love Nintendo’s gooey Gooigi in ‘Luigi’s Mansion 3’," 11 June 2019 Work being done this year includes widening and reconstructing the I-57 median north of the Tri-State and building a portion of the ramp from northbound 294 to northbound 57, according to the Tollway. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Work to start on next phase of linking I-294 and I-57," 11 June 2019 The Harvard historian Serhii Plokhy’s 2018 book on Chernobyl reconstructs the sequence of events and assigns blame. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What HBO’s “Chernobyl” Got Right, and What It Got Terribly Wrong," 4 June 2019 The Philippe Chatrier Stadium has been demolished, nearly reconstructed and expanded in the last year. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "At the French Open, Novak Djokovic Is Aiming to Rewind to 2016," 3 June 2019 North Carolina authorities even enlisted experts to create a sketch and a bust reconstructing the appearance of the child. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "After 20 years police in 2 states link dead mother and son," 6 Feb. 2019 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

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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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