reconstitute

[ree-kon-sti-toot, -tyoot]
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verb (used with object), re·con·sti·tut·ed, re·con·sti·tut·ing.
  1. to constitute again; reconstruct; recompose.
  2. to return (a dehydrated or concentrated food) to the liquid state by adding water: to reconstitute a bouillon cube with hot water.
verb (used without object), re·con·sti·tut·ed, re·con·sti·tut·ing.
  1. to undergo reconstitution; become reconstituted.

Origin of reconstitute

First recorded in 1805–15; re- + constitute
Related formsre·con·sti·tu·ent [ree-kuh n-stich-oo-uh nt] /ˌri kənˈstɪtʃ u ənt/, adjective, nounre·con·sti·tut·a·ble, re·con·sti·tut·i·ble, adjectivere·con·sti·tu·tive, adjectivere·con·sti·tu·tion, noun
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reconstitute

verb (tr)
  1. to restore (food, etc) to its former or natural state or a semblance of it, as by the addition of water to a concentratereconstituted lemon juice
  2. to reconstruct; form again
Derived Formsreconstituent (ˌriːkənˈstɪtjʊənt), adjective, nounreconstitution, noun
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Word Origin and History for reconstitute
v.

1790, from re- "back, again" + constitute (v.). Related: Reconstituted; reconstituting.

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