to construct again; rebuild; make over: The church was burned in 1895, but reconstructed in 1897.
to re-create in the mind from given or available information: The first step in solving this crime was to reconstruct the events of the murder.
to cause to abandon earlier positions, beliefs, etc.; cause to adjust to new or current situations: He's a reconstructed man with progressive views on gender equality.The protesters and resisters refuse to be reconstructed.
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.
- re·con·struct·i·ble, adjective
- re·con·struc·tor, re·con·struct·er, noun
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How to use reconstruct in a sentence
There is, however, some interesting new research in reconstructing crashes, led by the Virginia Tech team.
The mRNA vaccines in general, he said, are relatively easily reconstructed to battle new variants.Coronavirus mutations add urgency to vaccination effort as experts warn of long battle ahead | Joel Achenbach, Ariana Eunjung Cha | January 30, 2021 | Washington Post
The next step was to reconstruct the cell structure on a chip.Scientists Made a Biohybrid Nose Using Cells From Mosquitoes | Shelly Fan | January 26, 2021 | Singularity Hub
The Washington Post examined surveillance video, listened to emergency response radio channels and spoke to witnesses to reconstruct how the incident unfolded.Gunfire, warnings, then an explosion: What videos show about the Nashville bombing | Joyce Lee, Elyse Samuels | December 27, 2020 | Washington Post
Many sites of stellar wreckage still smolder as expanding clouds, and pinpointing their year or even day of origin can help astronomers reconstruct their history, Fields says.Stars are dying all across the galaxy—why don’t we see them? | Charlie Wood | December 16, 2020 | Popular-Science
We had to reconstruct proportions, re-create colors, and find materials drawing upon publicity photos of the time.Unauthorized ‘Saint Laurent’ Biopic: Quel Scandale! | Liza Foreman | May 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
French air crash investigators were able to reconstruct the final minutes in the cockpit of the Airbus A330.MH370’s Pilots Behaved As They Should in an Emergency, Not as Sinister Killers | Clive Irving | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Half a century later, we can reconstruct from the abundant evidence what went on behind the scenes in the Kennedy White House.
Christine Pelisek and Terry Greene Sterling reconstruct what we know so far.Inside the Yarnell, Arizona, Fire: How It Happened, and the Questions Still Unanswered | Christine Pelisek, Terry Greene Sterling | July 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bradley claims he lost his right eye and had to undergo numerous surgeries around his eye to reconstruct his face.Aaron Hernandez: Inside the Murder Investigation Roiling the NFL | Christine Pelisek | June 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
A resolute push for quite a short period now might reconstruct the entire basis of our collective human life.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Others, more remarkable still, reconstruct as accurately as a mirror all that has vanished with the flight of time.Honey-Bee | Anatole France
No nails or metal screws are employed, nothing but the hand is required to dismantle or reconstruct the case.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
He went on to Boston, still struggling to reconstruct it all, striving to figure what connection it might have had, but in vain.The White Desert | Courtney Ryley Cooper
Even if my estimate of contemporary forces is wrong and they win, they will still be forced to reconstruct their outlook.The New Machiavelli | Herbert George Wells
British Dictionary definitions for reconstruct
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
- reconstructible, adjective
- reconstruction, noun
- reconstructive or reconstructional, adjective
- reconstructor, noun
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