- to construct again; rebuild; make over.
- to re-create in the mind from given or available information: to reconstruct the events of the murder.
- Historical Linguistics. to arrive at (hypothetical earlier forms of words, phonemic systems, etc.) by comparison of data from a later language or group of related languages.
Origin of reconstruct
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Examples from the Web for reconstruct
We had to reconstruct proportions, re-create colors, and find materials drawing upon publicity photos of the time.Unauthorized ‘Saint Laurent’ Biopic: Quel Scandale!
May 20, 2014
French air crash investigators were able to reconstruct the final minutes in the cockpit of the Airbus A330.MH370’s Pilots Behaved As They Should in an Emergency, Not as Sinister Killers
March 24, 2014
Half a century later, we can reconstruct from the abundant evidence what went on behind the scenes in the Kennedy White House.JFK’s Weak Body And Strong Spirit
James Blight, Janet Lang
November 15, 2013
Christine Pelisek and Terry Greene Sterling reconstruct what we know so far.Inside the Yarnell, Arizona, Fire: How It Happened, and the Questions Still Unanswered
Christine Pelisek, Terry Greene Sterling
July 2, 2013
Bradley claims he lost his right eye and had to undergo numerous surgeries around his eye to reconstruct his face.Aaron Hernandez: Inside the Murder Investigation Roiling the NFL
June 21, 2013
If there was no mistake, I should have to reconstruct my facts, and draw fresh conclusions.Wilfrid Cumbermede
But he does not seek to reconstruct out of them a theory of knowledge.Theaetetus
Their aim is to reconstruct the work of the great lawgivers of Hellas in a literary form.Laws
He could reconstruct her new dress by memory—her face was easy to remember.The Christian
He would have to reconstruct that drama from the fragments preserved.Audrey Craven
- to construct or form again; rebuildto reconstruct a Greek vase from fragments
- to form a picture of (a crime, past event, etc) by piecing together evidence or acting out a version of what might have taken place
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Word Origin and History for reconstruct
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