Simple Definition of rehabilitate
: to bring (someone or something) back to a normal, healthy condition after an illness, injury, drug problem, etc.
: to teach (a criminal in prison) to live a normal and productive life
: to bring (someone or something) back to a good condition
Full Definition of rehabilitate
1 a : to restore to a former capacity : reinstate b : to restore to good repute : reestablish the good name of
2 a : to restore to a former state (as of efficiency, good management, or solvency) <rehabilitate slum areas> b : to restore or bring to a condition of health or useful and constructive activity
Examples of rehabilitate
The clinic rehabilitates drug addicts.
He's still rehabilitating the knee he injured last summer.
They try to rehabilitate horses that have suffered injuries.
The program is intended to rehabilitate criminals.
The country has rehabilitated its image since the war.
The city plans to rehabilitate its slum areas.
Origin of rehabilitate
Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare, from Latin re- + Late Latin habilitare to habilitate
First Known Use: circa 1581
Rhymes with rehabilitate
circumambulate, circumnavigate, contraindicate, decontaminate, deteriorate, differentiate, disambiguate, disassociate, discombobulate, disorientate, disproportionate, excommunicate, expiration date, free-associate, hyperventilate, incapacitate, intermediate, interpenetrate, misappropriate, multivariate, overcompensate, overpopulate, ratiocinate, recapitulate, renegotiate, superannuate, supersaturate, transubstantiate, underestimate
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