reconstruct

[ 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.

Origin of reconstruct

First recorded in 1760–70; re- + construct

Related forms

re·con·struct·i·ble, adjectivere·con·struc·tor, re·con·struct·er, noun
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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 Forms

reconstructible, adjectivereconstruction, nounreconstructive or reconstructional, adjectivereconstructor, noun
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