re·​bound | \ ˈrē-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce rebound (audio) , 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 How to pronounce rebound (audio) , 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 How to pronounce rebound (audio) , ri-​ˈbau̇n-​ \ noun

Examples of rebound in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun He led the league in rebounds last year.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Honesty Scott-Grayson did her best to help her team rebound with a win over the Tigers from the other SEC East. Giana Han, al, "Weekly Auburn roundup: Track and field and gymnastics teams break season, collegiate and career records," 8 Feb. 2021 Valuations for tech and other growth stocks may also come under pressure if the economy continues to rebound next year -- a scenario that could pick up pace once a Covid-19 vaccine becomes widely available. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "These stocks and sectors could thrive under Biden," 10 Nov. 2020 On one hand the data solidified the view that economic activity continues to rebound albeit at a slowing rate. Caitlin Ostroff And Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "S&P 500 Drops After Trump Tests Positive for Coronavirus," 2 Oct. 2020 While the economy continues to rebound, the rate of that recovery is slowing. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Unemployment rate falls to 8.4%—with over 10 million jobs added since April’s jobless peak," 4 Sep. 2020 And some members of the Longhorns’ 2018 class featuring the state’s top four players — cornerback Jalen Green, safety DeMarvion Overshown, Sterns and safety B.J. Foster — should be ready to help this unit rebound from a miserable 2019 campaign. Nick Moyle,, "New Texas DC Chris Ash focused on fundamentals," 26 Aug. 2020 Though research indicates that air travel could rebound late in the year, air travel industry surveys show that many Americans are apprehensive about packing onto planes. Gregory Thomas,, "California travel will look different this year. Here's what to expect," 22 Jan. 2021 On the positive side, investors are increasingly optimistic that the US will rebound from a deep economic contraction. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Is it time to start worrying about inflation?," 18 Jan. 2021 While the situation is very different for restaurants, some are confident that the industry will rebound. New York Times, "It Could Be a Great Year, if Your Business Survives Winter," 11 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While the downtown corridors of Newark, a poor industrial city burdened by decades of disinvestment, have been on the rebound for years, much of the rest of the city had been largely left behind. New York Times, "‘One Property at a Time’: A City Tries to Revive Without Gentrifying," 2 Feb. 2021 In his first four minutes of court time, Kleber had two points on a rebound and follow, one assist and one of his familiar weakside help blocks of a Deandre Ayton layup. Dallas News, "Late execution lapse turns costly in Mavs’ sixth straight defeat," 1 Feb. 2021 Barnett hooked up with Massey on a 3-pointer to hit that difference on the scoreboard, as the basketball zipped from Randy Zimmerman on the rebound to Thomas Krizsa on a deflection and into the hands of Barnett. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 13 Brunswick rides Tre Massey’s hot shots, Marquis Barnett’s big game to 78-57 win vs. Euclid," 16 Jan. 2021 McCollum, after flying toward VanVleet during his shot, ventured into the key to make a play on the rebound. oregonlive, "Diary of a game-winner: Trail Blazers’ CJ McCollum breaks down final shot to lift Portland over Toronto," 12 Jan. 2021 Michael Rasmussen, who has slotted onto Larkin’s power play unit in the net-front role with Ryan unavailable, scored on a rebound in the crease to pull Team Red within a goal, at 3-2. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings look like they have a second scoring line. Here's why," 11 Jan. 2021 On the rebound, Hill caught the pass from Arizona Cardinals quarterback Chris Streveler, then raced to the end zone. Los Angeles Times, "Troy Hill’s pick-six highlights strong defensive showing for Rams vs. Cardinals," 4 Jan. 2021 Texas’ oil and gas industry, battered this year by the pandemic, appears to be entering the new year on the rebound — though a return to steady profitability is a long way off, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "Texas oil firms see rebound as vaccine hopes improve industry’s outlook in 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 Individual investors who were betting on a rebound in prices were burned when U.S. crude futures tumbled below zero. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Oil’s Turbulent Year Stirs Debate on Relevance of Benchmarks," 28 Dec. 2020

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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 entry 4

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22 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Rebound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce rebound (audio) \
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 How to pronounce rebound (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rebound (audio) , ri-ˈ How to pronounce rebound (audio) \

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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