- 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
- 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 Word Origin late 19th cent.: back-formation from deconstruction.
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//