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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.
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verb (used without object), re·con·sti·tut·ed, re·con·sti·tut·ing.
  1. to undergo reconstitution; become reconstituted.
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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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Examples from the Web for reconstitute

Historical Examples

  • To repeat: It is not my intention to reconstitute the history of writing or literacy.

    The Civilization of Illiteracy

    Mihai Nadin

  • How, with what is made, can we reconstitute what is being made?

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • In fact the attempt was made to reconstitute the Liverpool Cabinet.

  • He hoped from these two words to reconstitute his earlier personality.

  • The object of all his efforts was to reconstitute the power of the empire.


British Dictionary definitions for reconstitute

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
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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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