from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To construct again; rebuild.
  • transitive v. To assemble or build again mentally; re-create: reconstructed the sequence of events from the evidence.
  • transitive v. To cause to adopt a new attitude or outlook: a diehard traditionalist who could not be reconstructed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To construct again; to restore.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To construct again; to rebuild; to remodel; to form again or anew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To construct again; rebuild.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reassemble mentally
  • v. return to its original or usable and functioning condition
  • v. build again
  • v. do over, as of (part of) a house
  • v. cause somebody to adapt or reform socially or politically


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Robin reconstruct's my argument well, but I watn to make some changes to his version that better reflect my original intent:

    An Argument from Realism Against Naturalism about Human Beings

  • Use of the word reconstruct implies that there were preexisting quality relationships.

    HHCom 9

  • So much one can reconstruct from the first glimpse across the valley; but when one enters the town all perspective is lost in chaos.

    Fighting France

  • I should have mentioned that with the original text it's not too difficult (unlike this editor) to "reconstruct" the original EXOIII card

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • The other part of the problem is there was absolutely no case history on anybody there, so we had to kind of reconstruct who these folks were, and now some have been transferred, others are bound for transfer, others are bound for trial, and some are still there as detainees whose status is undetermined.

    David Axelrod Won't Commit To Closing Guantanamo By End Of 2010

  • And I know Judd could now "reconstruct" Andrew's heart but this seemed more like something he hadn't tried before than something new.

    The Hostage to Pleasure Spoiler Thread

  • In fact, dozens of people assured me in private on my most recent visit to Kabul that favoritism and corruption are the essence of the Karzai government the U.S. has helped "reconstruct" over the last eight years.

    Pratap Chatterjee: Anatomy of an Afghan Culture of Corruption

  • The main players, Louis XIV, Madame de Brinvilliers, Madame de Montespan, La Reynie, are well enough documented that we can attempt to 'reconstruct' their characters as they might have been even given differing interpretations by historians.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • The $900 million pledge by the U.S. to help "reconstruct" Gaza is an egregious waste of U.S. money, which in case you've been comatose for the last year, is pretty badly needed right here at home (World-Wide, Feb. 25).

    The Rulers of Gaza

  • In time, investigators should be able to "reconstruct" the bomb from the flecks of dust, shards of metal and tendrils of wire the device left behind.

    The Hunt Begins


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