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reconstruct

[ree-kuh n-struhkt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to construct again; rebuild; make over.
  2. to re-create in the mind from given or available information: to reconstruct the events of the murder.
  3. 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.
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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
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Related Words for reconstruct

rejuvenate, repair, fix, overhaul, restore, regenerate, rebuild, recreate, revamp, remodel, renovate, reproduce, rework, rehabilitate, reestablish, modernize, remake, reassemble, reform, doctor

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Contemporary Examples of reconstruct

Historical Examples of reconstruct

  • If there was no mistake, I should have to reconstruct my facts, and draw fresh conclusions.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • But he does not seek to reconstruct out of them a theory of knowledge.

  • Their aim is to reconstruct the work of the great lawgivers of Hellas in a literary form.

    Laws

    Plato

  • He could reconstruct her new dress by memory—her face was easy to remember.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • He would have to reconstruct that drama from the fragments preserved.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair


British Dictionary definitions for reconstruct

reconstruct

verb (tr)
  1. to construct or form again; rebuildto reconstruct a Greek vase from fragments
  2. 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
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Derived Formsreconstructible, adjectivereconstruction, nounreconstructive or reconstructional, adjectivereconstructor, noun
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Word Origin and History for reconstruct

v.

1768, "to build anew," from re- "back, again" + construct (v.). Meaning "to restore (something) mentally" is attested from 1862. Related: Reconstructed; reconstructing.

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