re·​bound | \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd, ri-ˈbau̇nd\
rebounded; rebounding; rebounds

Definition of rebound 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to spring back on or as if on collision or impact with another body

b : to recover from setback or frustration

2 : reecho

3 : to gain possession of a rebound in basketball

transitive verb

: to cause to rebound


re·​bound | \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd, ri-ˈbau̇nd\

Definition of rebound (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the action of rebounding : recoil

b : an upward leap or movement : recovery a sharp rebound in prices

2a : a basketball or hockey puck that rebounds

b : the act or an instance of gaining possession of a basketball rebound leads the league in rebounds

3 : a reaction to setback, frustration, or crisis on the rebound from an unhappy love affair

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rebounder \ˈrē-​ˌbau̇n-​dər, ri-​ˈbau̇n-​ \ noun

Examples of rebound in a Sentence


The baseball rebounded off the wall. She rebounded quickly from the loss. She is good at both shooting and rebounding. He rebounded the ball and quickly passed it to a teammate.


He led the league in rebounds last year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the typhoon is now past the mainland—just south of the island of Hokkaido and heading toward the Russian Kuril Islands and Kamchatka Peninsula—airports, airlines, trains, and residents are just beginning to rebound. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Typhoon Trami Will Affect Your Travel," 1 Oct. 2018 During the last ice age, the region was crushed by glaciers—and the land is still rebounding, hence the name High Coast. Outside Online, "A Trekker’s Guide to Sweden," 7 June 2018 In California’s Sierra Mountains, snowmaking has gone big-time, just as the region’s resorts have rebounded from a devastating five-year drought that ended in 2017. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Ski Resorts Fight Climate Change With Snow Blowers and Buses," 26 Mar. 2018 Oil prices may rebound, and the country has led other OPEC nations in cutting production in hopes of pushing up prices. Justin Worland, Time, "Here's How Cheap Oil Is Pushing Saudi Arabia to Reform," 22 Mar. 2018 And even better for the Huskies is the fact that the rebounding numbers were evenly distributed. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Three takeaways from Washington’s 73-55 season-opening win over Western Kentucky," 7 Nov. 2018 The Warriors did kill on the boards, winning the rebound battle 61-34. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors forced to put the cork back in the Champagne," 22 Apr. 2018 But to the east, where ISIS was pushed out sooner, life has rebounded. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 Consumer spending rebounded to a 4 percent annual growth rate after turning in a lackluster 0.5 percent gain in the first quarter. Gregg Re, Fox News, "GDP report shows booming 4.1 percent growth, as Trump touts 'amazing' numbers," 27 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While Knox came back to earth Thursday, Mitchell put 17 points on 8-10 shooting, 12 rebounds, and 6 blocks in 27 minutes. Andrew Sharp,, "Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter Jr., and Midsummer Hope for the Knicks and Bulls," 13 July 2018 The 6-foot-10 Metu averaged 10.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and a block in three games at the Utah Summer League. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Metu’s misfortune means missed opportunity for Spurs’ second-rounder," 12 July 2018 Oliver followed up his freshman year by averaging 16 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocks as a sophomore. Keith Pompey,, "Cameron Oliver's summer league play with Sixers is turning heads," 12 July 2018 In his one season with the team, Wesley averaged 9 points, 6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, in addition to being named District 4-5A Defensive Player of the Year & first-team all-district in 2009. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 This summer, Igiehon is one of the top players on the Under Armour travel basketball circuit, averaging 10.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for Team Rio, which also features five-star guards Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "3 prospects who could help Louisville basketball's 2019 signing class," 11 July 2018 In the end, Jackson had 12 points (10 shots), eight rebounds and four blocks in Memphis' opener in Las Vegas. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 Paul, 33, averaged 18.6 points, 7.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.66 blocks last season, ranking sixth in sixth in assists and second in free throw percentage in the NBA. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Paul officially re-signs with Rockets," 9 July 2018 During his 10-year career, Lopez, 30, has averaged 17.9 points on 50.2% shooting while collecting 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brook Lopez brings brings a frontcourt presence and a reliable three-point shot," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of rebound


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rebound


Middle English, from Anglo-French rebundir, from re- + Old French bondir to bound — more at bound

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English Language Learners Definition of rebound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to bounce back off something after hitting it

: to increase or improve after a recent decrease or decline

basketball : to catch the ball after a shot has missed going in the basket



English Language Learners Definition of rebound (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of bouncing back after hitting something

: a ball, puck, etc., that bounces back after hitting something

basketball : the act of catching the ball after a shot has missed going in the basket


re·​bound | \ˌrē-ˈbau̇nd \
rebounded; rebounding

Kids Definition of rebound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bounce back after hitting something

2 : to get over a disappointment

3 : to catch a basketball after a player has thrown it at the basket and has not scored a point


re·​bound | \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd \

Kids Definition of rebound (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of bouncing back after hitting something

2 : an immediate reaction to a loss or disappointment

3 : the act of catching a basketball after a player has thrown it at the basket and missed


re·​bound | \ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd, ri-ˈ \

Medical Definition of rebound 

: a spontaneous reaction especially : a return to a previous state or condition following removal of a stimulus or cessation of treatment withdrawal of antihypertensive medication may lead to a rebound hypertensive crisis Emergency Medicine

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