Definition of reconstitute in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Build up again from parts; reconstruct.

    • ‘Now, with his note cards for backup, he was reconstituting his original speech from memory.’
    • ‘Although the DNA is likely to be damaged, there may be a chance that it can be identified, given that scientists have reconstituted DNA from Egyptian mummies.’
    • ‘Specimens are rarely found in one unbroken piece, and the process of reconstituting them is akin to completing a jigsaw puzzle.’
    1. 1.1 Change the form and organization of (an institution)
      ‘he reconstituted his cabinet’
      • ‘Later, it would begin to reconstitute the government.’
      • ‘Hopefully that new government, after June 30th, will be able to reconstitute their army, which is what I hope they will do.’
      • ‘Rather, it is by engaging in these interactions that organizations constitute and reconstitute themselves as social realities.’
      • ‘My understanding is the committee will be reconstituted this year.’
      • ‘It argues that organizations are constituted and reconstituted by their ongoing, negotiated, asset-creating interactions with diverse constituencies.’
      • ‘It is easy enough to do, as Justice Callaway points out, when there is knowledge and disclosure at the start, because one can reconstitute the court relatively simply.’
      • ‘He said that the council will convene a meeting next Friday to reconstitute the committee and include government ministries involved in the provision of services.’
      • ‘The delay in handing down judgment has been due to difficulties in reconstituting the court.’
      • ‘We are going to reconstitute the Court for the next case, so we will adjourn now and resume at 2 pm.’
      • ‘The British Museum Library, initially an integral part of the institution, was reconstituted as the British Library in 1973 and moved to a new building at King's Cross, in 1998.’
      • ‘The government has reconstituted the prime minister's advisory council on trade.’
      • ‘We recommend that the Intelligence and Security Committee be reconstituted as a select committee of the House of Commons.’
      • ‘However, this Committee was not reconstituted after the Cabinet changes last autumn.’
      • ‘In 1996 the acting registrar of the Waitangi Tribunal sought advice on the powers of the chairperson of the tribunal to reconstitute tribunals where members are unable to continue in office.’
      • ‘The legislation aims to reconstitute the existing government postal department as a profit-making corporation - the first step towards the complete privatisation of the postal service.’
      • ‘A fourth was given a supervisory position in the newly reconstituted prison system.’
      • ‘In the U.S., the people themselves can reconstitute all branches of the government - by voting for certain candidates instead of others, of course, and by thus affecting political appointments.’
      • ‘As a result, Liberal Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt was able to reconstitute a four-party coalition government in July 2003, this time with only the Liberals and Socialists in power.’
      • ‘Other leading businesses were reconstituted and rechristened, their new names often evocative of revolutionary myths, personalities, or imagery.’
      • ‘On December 17 Democrats and Republicans reconstituted the legislature in the capitol with a resolution adopting the compromise agreement.’
    2. 1.2 Restore (something dried, especially food) to its original state by adding water to it.
      ‘reconstituted milk’
      • ‘It had to be reconstituted with sterile water but none was available.’
      • ‘The product starts off as real blood, which goes through a process to turn it into a powder that can be reconstituted as needed.’
      • ‘But when she later looked at the ingredients of the ice cream she found that it contained reconstituted skimmed milk and lactose-reduced whey powder - which trigger Mary's allergy.’
      • ‘The dried food, which is reconstituted from its natural state by simply adding hot water, contains carbohydrates, vegetables, proteins, fats, herbs, vitamins, minerals and seaweed.’
      • ‘In the cities and towns with the worst tap water contamination, formula-fed babies who consume reconstituted formula would receive a lifetime dose of this chemical in the first four months of their lives.’
      • ‘To reconstitute them, just rinse in water to remove any loose dirt then combine with hot water for about 20 minutes.’
      • ‘The samples were reconstituted in 1.7 ml of deionized water.’
      • ‘The dried extract was reconstituted with distilled water to make 300 mg/ml.’
      • ‘Once it's dry, grind it up into a powder and reconstitute with water or vinegar as needed.’
      • ‘You reconstitute dried formula with water - although ‘ready-to-feed’ formula is also available in cartons.’
      • ‘They can then be soaked and reconstituted in water before using.’
      • ‘It can be shipped dry, and then, when it reaches clinics, it can be reconstituted with water and injected.’
      • ‘Please make sure that you don't reconstitute your infant formula with water that is not purified.’
      • ‘It can be stored as a dry powder and then reconstituted for use.’
      • ‘The vast majority of schools requested a reduction in processed, reformed or reconstituted foods, especially meat.’
      • ‘It was made by taking a lot of meat and boiling it lengthily, then reducing the liquid to a syrupy consistency, after which it would dry quite hard and keep well until the time came to reconstitute it with boiling water.’
      • ‘Nationally distributed brands of frozen fruit juice concentrate are safe if they are reconstituted by the user with water from a safe source.’
      • ‘Many of them consist mostly of dried milk (whey and casein fractions) and, as such, they're easy to preserve and taste relatively good when reconstituted in water, milk or other beverages.’
      • ‘Soak the mushrooms in 2.5 tbsp hot water for ten minutes or until reconstituted, and add to mixture with water (if you use fresh mushrooms, just chop finely and add the water before blending).’
      • ‘She had taken strips of dried meat from the packs and was reconstituting them in the boiling pot.’