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

Synonyms for rebound

Synonyms: Verb

bounce, carom, glance, ricochet, skim, skip

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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

At 6-foot-10, 215 pounds, Igiehon can be a versatile college player, though his bread and butter will be running the floor, rebounding and blocking shots. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "3 prospects who could help Louisville basketball's 2019 signing class," 11 July 2018 According to MarketWatch, Pfizer’s shares initially dipped after Trump’s tweet, but rebounded and ended the day up 0.13%. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Trump Criticizes Pfizer for Raising Drug Prices," 10 July 2018 Pitt hit 1-of-2 free throws to tie, and Howard rebounded the miss and hurled the ball upcourt as a Pitt player made contact. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Here are Butler basketball's top 10 career scorers," 9 July 2018 Bagley rebounded with a better performance against the Suns, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Marvin Bagley III learning ups and downs of NBA," 8 July 2018 The vision of Bam Adebayo last summer was of a versatile big man who could not only rebound and block shots, but also push the ball across midcourt and get the offense into motion. Ira Winderman,, "Bam Adebayo back to Heat summer school, seeking to expand game," 2 July 2018 During his one year at Duke, Bagley showcased his immense talent, leading the ACC in scoring, rebounding, and field goal percentage. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Kings expected to draft Marvin Bagley, sources say. Here's why they like him at No. 2," 21 June 2018 Citing unsourced reports that the six-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls have made Hutchison a first-round promise, Woo praised Hutchison for his ability to attack the rim, rebound and create opportunities for teammates. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "If draft experts are right, Boise State's Hutchison will land with a six-time NBA champ," 20 June 2018 Another factor that has helped technology stocks rebound: bets among investors that technology firms are less likely to be hurt by ongoing negotiations over U.S. trade policies, Mr. Morgan said. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Nasdaq Composite Climbs to Record," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Henry Ellenson after scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in Detroit Pistons summer league victory over New Orleans on July 9, 2018. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls, NBA summer league: How to watch," 14 July 2018 Semi Ojeleye scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for Boston in the victory. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why All-Star Kemba Walker’s New York ties should worry Charlotte Hornets," 13 July 2018 Oliver played last season for the Delaware Blue Coats of the NBA G-League, and needs to specialize on rolling to the basket and grabbing rebounds – especially offensive ones. Keith Pompey,, "Cameron Oliver's summer league play with Sixers is turning heads," 12 July 2018 The 39-year-old Knight was a guard/forward at UCLA from 1998-2002, averaging 14.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game as a senior. CBS News, "Billy Knight, former UCLA basketball player, found dead after posting YouTube video," 11 July 2018 Svi shines on Saturday Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk grabbed nine rebounds against Philadelphia in his Vegas Summer League debut Saturday. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Blue-chip point guard cuts list to KU, eight others; Self speaks on NBA broadcast," 9 July 2018 His December averages — 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game — had many viewing him as a foundational piece of Golden State’s future. Connor Letourneau,, "Jordan Bell: How Warriors center handled up-and-down rookie season," 30 June 2018 The formula now is four superstar scorers and a mop-up guy to block shots, grab rebounds and kick the ball out. Nicholas Talbot, San Antonio Express-News, "Writers’ Roundtable: who wins the NBA Finals and will LeBron James stay if the Cavs lose?," 1 June 2018 The Cavs star scored 51 points, grabbed eight rebounds and recorded eight assists in the loss. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "LeBron James storms out after questions about JR Smith blunder," 1 June 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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