- to analyze (a text) by using deconstruction
- to subject to rigorous analysis, as to reveal weakness or error
- to take apart; disassemble
Origin of deconstructback-formation ; from deconstruction
transitive verbde·con·struct·ed, de·con·struct·ing, de·con·structs
- To break down into components; dismantle: a toxic substance that can be deconstructed into harmless chemicals.
- To analyze (a literary text, for example) by deconstruction or in such a way as to expose its underlying assumptions or implicit ideological stance.
- To adapt (a genre, style, or form) in a way that isolates familiar elements from their usual context in order to imply an ironic comment on the unspoken values of the original.
(third-person singular simple present deconstructs, present participle deconstructing, simple past and past participle deconstructed)