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Definition of reconstruction noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the process of changing or improving the condition of something or the way it works; the process of putting something back into the state it was in before the reconstruction of the educational system the post-war reconstruction of Germany a reconstruction period
  2. 2[uncountable] the activity of building again something that has been damaged or destroyed the reconstruction of the sea walls
  3. 3[countable] a copy of something that no longer exists A modern reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theater opened in 1997.
  4. 4[countable] a short film showing events that are known to have happened in order to try and get more information or better understanding, especially about a crime Last night police staged a reconstruction of the incident.
  5. 5Reconstruction [uncountable] the period after the American Civil War when the southern states returned to the U.S. and laws were passed that gave rights to African Americans
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