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reconstruct (something) from (something else)

1. To physically reassemble, rebuild, or reconfigure something using various parts, pieces, or sources thereof. I didn't have time to buy brand-new parts, so I've been reconstructing my old truck from various broken-down cars and trucks around the scrapyard. We managed to reconstruct the wall from pieces of timber left over from the shed I built.
2. To form a coherent narrative conclusion by analyzing various different pieces of information and drawing a conclusion based on what they collectively indicate. We're able to accurately reconstruct the crime just by looking at the pieces of evidence left behind by the killers. They're trying to reconstruct the sequence of events using testimony from everyone who was in the bar that night.
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reconstruct something from something

1. to rebuild something from something. I was not able to reconstruct the puzzle from the pieces that were left on the floor. Can you reconstruct the damaged part of the house from these materials?
2. to recall and restate a story or the details of an event from something. Can you reconstruct the story from the fragments you have just heard? I cannot reconstruct the chain of events from memory.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The missing data is then reconstructed and written back to the new drive.
If any one drive fails, the failed drive can be replaced and the missing data can be reconstructed on the new drive from the data remaining on the other drives.
Permitting a taxpayer to reconstruct records under these circumstances represents a limited retention of the Cohan doctrine.
* THE IRS PERMITS A TAXPAYER WHO CAN PROVE records were destroyed by fire, flood or earthquake--or even in a nonnatural casualty such as theft or loss--to reconstruct those records under most circumstances.
The betrayal of generations of her own biological family by her putative social family led Jacobs to reconstruct in her own mind what sense of familial alliance was plausible and liberating.
Part of the implicit reason that her life can represent so radically different a message to its readers than it does to its bearer is the medium into which it is reconstructed. As we have seen, Williams challenges "writing" as the most significant medium within a political system which has "betrayed" and endangered African American existence in the New World.
It becomes "reconstructed" in someone's mind--and then becomes a printed record.
First, she attempts to reconstruct Dorcas's voice so that it echoes her own, and, second, she wishes to restructure the most significant events in Dorcas' life so that the whole life becomes supplemental to her own.
When Ada, a fugitive slave living on Rufel's plantation, tells the story of how her cruel and lecherous master had "lusted with her and then planned the seduction of Ada's daughter, Annabelle," Rufel finds herself offended at "Ada's story." The first thing she does in attempting to feed her indignation is to reconstruct "Ada's story" itself.
In much the same way as Rufel is able to appoint her slave's birthdate, she is also able to reconstruct her slave's voice.
Although she argues that her peddling networks ended in the late eighteenth century, only to be reconstructed in very different forms in the nineteenth century, she neglects the role of the French Revolution, which abolished guilds, licensed pedlars, and altered fairs, market days, and trade routes across Europe, in their demise, and she draws many of her examples from the anomalous nineteenth-century situation.