[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. reconsider,
  2. reconsideration,
  3. reconsignment,
  4. reconstitute,
  5. reconstituted,
  6. reconstruction,
  7. reconstruction acts,
  8. reconstructionism,
  9. reconstructionist,
  10. reconstructive

Origin of reconstruct

First recorded in 1760–70; re- + construct

Related formsre·con·struct·i·ble, adjectivere·con·struc·tor, re·con·struct·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for reconstruct


/ (ˌriːkənˈstrʌkt) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsreconstructible, adjectivereconstruction, nounreconstructive or reconstructional, adjectivereconstructor, 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