reconstruct

If the verb to "construct" means to build something, then to reconstruct means to build it again. You can reconstruct a building, a city, or even an idea.

If a house is destroyed in a fire, earthquake, or flood, you might try to reconstruct it — or you could build a totally new one. Either way, though, you could still be said to be reconstructing your home. Some buildings were destroyed so long ago that we don't know what they really looked like. The same can be said for whole cities and cultures. Still, archeologists try to reconstruct how those cities and cultures appeared at the time that they were flourishing. Linguists reconstruct long-dead languages. Detectives try to reconstruct crimes in order to figure out who committed them.

Definitions of reconstruct
  1. verb
    build again
    synonyms: rebuild
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    type of:
    build, construct, make
    make by combining materials and parts
  2. verb
    do over, as of (part of) a house
    synonyms: redo, remodel
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    reassemble mentally
    reconstruct the events of 20 years ago”
    synonyms: construct, retrace
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    types:
    etymologise, etymologize
    construct the history of words
    type of:
    conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize
    to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
  4. verb
    cause somebody to adapt or reform socially or politically
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  5. verb
    return to its original or usable and functioning condition
    synonyms: restore
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    decompress, uncompress
    restore to its uncompressed form
    rehabilitate
    help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute
    rehabilitate
    restore to a state of good condition or operation
    defibrillate
    stop the fibrillation and restore normal contractions, usually by means of electric shocks
    reinstate
    restore to the previous state or rank
    rehabilitate
    reinstall politically
    type of:
    regenerate, renew
    reestablish on a new, usually improved, basis or make new or like new
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