- to construct again; rebuild; make over
- to build up, from remaining parts or other evidence, a concept or reproduction of (something in its original or complete form)
transitive verbre·con·struct·ed, re·con·struct·ing, re·con·structs
- To construct again; rebuild.
- To assemble or build again mentally; re-create: reconstructed the sequence of events from the evidence.
- Linguistics To deduce the form and properties of (a protolanguage or an unattested word) based on evidence from attested languages, such as cognate words.
- To cause to adopt a new attitude or outlook: a diehard traditionalist who could not be reconstructed.
(third-person singular simple present reconstructs, present participle reconstructing, simple past and past participle reconstructed)