deconstruct
transitive verb Date: 1973 1. to examine (as a work of literature) using the methods of deconstruction 2. to take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis or composition of often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies <
deconstruct the myths of both the left and the right — Wayne Karlin
>
3. to adapt or separate the elements of for use in an ironic or radically new way <
uses his masterly tailoring skills to deconstruct the classics — Vogue
>
4. destroy, demolish <
nations that are deconstructing themselves — Jim Hoagland
>
deconstructive adjectivedeconstructor noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • deconstruct — de con*struct (d[ e] k[u^]n*str[u^]kt ), v. t. To interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstruction. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deconstruct — 1973, back formation from DECONSTRUCTION (Cf. deconstruction). Related: Deconstructed; deconstructing …   Etymology dictionary

  • deconstruct — ► VERB 1) analyse by deconstruction. 2) dismantle and expose the workings of. DERIVATIVES deconstructive adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • deconstruct — [dē΄kən strukt′] vt. [back form. < DECONSTRUCTION] 1. to analyze (a text) by using deconstruction 2. to subject to rigorous analysis, as to reveal weakness or error 3. to take apart; disassemble …   English World dictionary

  • deconstruct — [[t]di͟ːkənstrʌ̱kt[/t]] deconstructs, deconstructing, deconstructed VERB In philosophy and literary criticism, to deconstruct an idea or text means to show the contradictions in its meaning, and to show how it does not fully explain what it… …   English dictionary

  • deconstruct — UK [ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkt] / US [ˌdɪkənˈstrʌkt] verb [transitive] Word forms deconstruct : present tense I/you/we/they deconstruct he/she/it deconstructs present participle deconstructing past tense deconstructed past participle deconstructed… …   English dictionary

  • deconstruct — verb Deconstruct is used with these nouns as the object: ↑myth, ↑text …   Collocations dictionary

  • deconstruct — /dee keuhn strukt /, v.t. to break down into constituent parts; dissect; dismantle. [appar. back formation from DECONSTRUCTION] * * * …   Universalium

  • deconstruct — verb To break something down into its component parts …   Wiktionary

  • deconstruct — de|con|struct [ ,dikən strʌkt ] verb transitive LINGUISTICS to examine a piece of writing in order to show that it can be understood in a different way by each person who reads it ╾ de|con|struc|tion noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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