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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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Related Words

restructuring, overhaul, renewal, restoration, rehabilitation, substitution, reinstatement, reconstitution

Examples from the Web for reconstitution

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • The reconstitution of such a road is essentially the filling up of gaps.

    The Old Road

    Hilaire Belloc

  • What we want now is purity and reconstitution of the national life.

    Mrs. Craddock

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • The Queen's men came in on the reconstitution of that company in 1591-2.

  • Otherwise the work of redemption is only the reconstitution of the nature which God designed.

    Lux Mundi

    Various

  • Hence the desirability of the dissolution and reconstitution of the firm.

    William Morris

    Elizabeth Luther Cary


British Dictionary definitions for reconstitution

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 reconstitution

reconstitute

v.

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

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