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 Sandoval undergoes surgery Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval underwent Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles Wednesday to reconstruct the UCL in his right elbow. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Kevin Pillar out-slugs Paul Goldschmidt, Giants take down Cardinals in wild finish," 4 Sep. 2019 Scientist Pierre Marcellin Boule discovered the first relatively complete Neanderthal skeleton and reconstructed it in 1911, noting that the remains included these bony growths in the auditory canals. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Neanderthals got 'surfer's ear' too, study says," 14 Aug. 2019 Moore reconstructed the cousins’ family trees, digging through census records, newspaper archives and social media for a common ancestor. Fortune, "DNA Detectives Are Searching for Killers in Your Family Tree," 14 June 2018 These data allow paleontologists to determine the geological age of the remains and reconstruct the ancient environment in which the dinosaur lived and died. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 Researchers at the industrial-control system cybersecurity firm Dragos have reconstructed a timeline of the 2016 blackout attack based on a reexamination of the malware’s code and network logs pulled from Ukrenergo’s systems. Wired, "New Clues Show How Russia’s Grid Hackers Aimed for Physical Destruction," 12 Sep. 2019 Committee Chair Meghan Guerrera said the two firms will be tasked with creating high-level concept plans that will outline the town’s options for either renovating or reconstructing the building. Emily Brindley,, "Farmington committee selects two architecture firms for high school design plans," 6 Sep. 2019 The crew studies photos of the original set posted to boards as if reconstructing a crime scene. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "On TV, You Can Go Home Again. But It’s Weird.," 4 Sep. 2019 East Cherokee Drive at Ball Ground Highway is scheduled to be closed to through traffic July 9-11 as crews reconstruct the Patriot Railroad crossing, the Cherokee County Roads and Bridges Division announced. David Ibata, ajc, "E. Cherokee Drive to be closed at railroad," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of reconstruct

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of reconstruct was in 1762

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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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