Definition of deconstruct verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    deconstruct

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deconstruct
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkt//
     
    he / she / it deconstructs
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkts//
     
    past simple deconstructed
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    past participle deconstructed
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    -ing form deconstructing
    BrE BrE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːkənˈstrʌktɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1 deconstruct something (specialist) (in literature and philosophy) to analyse a text in order to show that there is no fixed meaning within the text but that the meaning is created each time in the act of reading
  2. 2deconstruct something (into something) to separate something into the parts from which it is made up and put them together again in a different way Picasso deconstructed his subjects into cubes and colours. deconstructed lasagne
  3. Word Origin late 19th cent.: back-formation from deconstruction.
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