rehabilitate


re·ha·bil·i·tate

verb \ˌrē-ə-ˈbi-lə-ˌtāt, ˌrē-hə-\

: 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

re·ha·bil·i·tat·edre·ha·bil·i·tat·ing

Full Definition of REHABILITATE

transitive verb
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
re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion \-ˌbi-lə-ˈtā-shən\ noun
re·ha·bil·i·ta·tive \-ˈbi-lə-ˌtā-tiv\ adjective
re·ha·bil·i·ta·tor \-ˌtā-tər\ noun

Examples of REHABILITATE

  1. The clinic rehabilitates drug addicts.
  2. He's still rehabilitating the knee he injured last summer.
  3. They try to rehabilitate horses that have suffered injuries.
  4. The program is intended to rehabilitate criminals.
  5. The country has rehabilitated its image since the war.
  6. 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

re·ha·bil·i·tate

transitive verb \ˌrē-(h)ə-ˈbil-ə-ˌtāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
re·ha·bil·i·tat·edre·ha·bil·i·tat·ing

Medical Definition of REHABILITATE

: to restore or bring to a condition of health or useful and constructive activity <rehabilitate patients with hip fractures>

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