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[ree-kuh n-struhkt] /ˌri kənˈstrʌkt/
verb (used with object)
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
First recorded in 1760-70; re- + construct
Related forms
reconstructible, adjective
reconstructor, reconstructer, noun Unabridged
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  • The aim now was to reconstruct the entire finger print by two successive and independent acts of interpolation.

    Finger Prints Francis Galton
  • In fact, Alexis made a sketch of it in his journal, and from his notes we now reconstruct it.

    Bruin Mayne Reid
  • Lehmann makes a very interesting attempt to reconstruct the catalogue from quotations.

  • He walked to work off his excitement and to think in what manner he should reconstruct.

  • This poem is an attempt to reconstruct a new theory of life out of the ruins of the French Revolution.

British Dictionary definitions for reconstruct


verb (transitive)
to construct or form again; rebuild: to 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
Derived Forms
reconstructible, adjective
reconstruction, noun
reconstructive, reconstructional, adjective
reconstructor, noun
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Word Origin and History for reconstruct

1768, "to build anew," from re- "back, again" + construct (v.). Meaning "to restore (something) mentally" is attested from 1862. Related: Reconstructed; reconstructing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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