Definition of reconstruct in English:

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Pronunciation: /riːkənˈstrʌkt/


[with object]
1Build or form (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed: a small area of painted Roman plaster has been reconstructed
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  • They also gave food and material aid to as many as 10,269 people to help reconstruct destroyed homes.
  • She would remain lost until, almost three thousand years later, modern Egyptologists reconstructed her damaged inscriptions and restored her to her rightful dynastic place.
  • Repairs to Fifth Street were expected to take a month or two, to reconstruct the destroyed roadway and sidewalks.
1.1Reorganize (something): later emperors reconstructed the army
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  • The Habsburg emperors had no consistent plan for reconstructing their government.
  • Dewey wanted to reconstruct philosophy to be a force of social reform and was personally involved in projects designed to bring about concrete changes in society.
  • It blossomed during the inter-war period when numerous accountants were engaged to help reconstruct and reorganize British industry.
regenerate, breathe new life into, reform, make over, overhaul, re-establish, reorganize
North American informal rehab
1.2Form an impression, model, or re-enactment of (a past event or thing) from the available evidence: from copies of correspondence it is possible to reconstruct the broad sequence of events
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  • Journalists, novelists, poets, playwrights, historians, and film-makers have all reconstructed the affair and put it to various uses.
  • He argued the court had erred in disagreeing with experts who had reconstructed the accident.
  • In addition, he notes that the system could be used to reconstruct accidents, helping the police determine who or what was to blame.
recreate, build up a picture/impression of, form a picture/impression of, piece together, re-enact, build up;
see in one's mind's eye



(also reconstructible) adjective
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  • The design is not reconstructable, given its incompleteness, but it looks as if it might include a heart.
  • If so then the ship is reconstructible.


Pronunciation: /ˌriːkənˈstrʌktə/
Example sentences
  • As a string of novels has shown - most recently The True History of the Kelly Gang - he is a reconstructor of myths: a retailer of Australian folk-legends distinguished by his own ingenious style of yarn-spinning.

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