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 rebounder (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 As oil, copper and other commodities rebound from their coronavirus slump, a metal that powers electric vehicles has been left in the dust. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Battery Metal Lithium Left Behind as Commodities Rebound," 29 June 2020 Shale fracking crews are putting some of their pumps back to work as oil prices rebound. Washington Post, "Microsoft plans to close all but four retail stores," 26 June 2020 And when Liverpool missed out on the title last season by a point there were those who wondered whether Klopp and his team could rebound from such agonizing failure. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Changing doubters to believers. How Jurgen Klopp turned Liverpool into title winners," 25 June 2020 And if bookings at the Hilton don’t rebound by the end of the year, the county could pay out another $13 million. Laura Johnston, cleveland, "How would you spend $8 million in extra tax dollars? A hotel bailout? We bet not.," 23 June 2020 Performance in online math courses, for example, showed that middle-income students were able to rebound some by the end of the year but low-income students were significantly behind. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Rapidly changing coronavirus crisis delays guidance on reopening Texas schools, but decisions likely to be made locally," 23 June 2020 New York City will reach a key point Monday in trying to rebound from the nation’s deadliest coronavirus outbreak. Editors, USA TODAY, "Apple's WWDC, NASCAR, Disney World's resort hotels return: 5 things to know Tuesday," 22 June 2020 For some people caffeine can also trigger digestive irritation, including heartburn, as well as an upset stomach, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, and rebound fatigue. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "6 Health Benefits of Coffee, According to a Nutritionist," 18 June 2020 Spending during the month was limited in large part due to the shutdowns that kept Americans at home, with outlays set to rebound somewhat in the coming months as businesses begin to reopen across the nation. Reade Pickert,, "Surge in U.S. Incomes Masks Fragile Situation for Many Americans," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, despite the hard times, including the substantial downsizing of August's Democratic National Convention, Milwaukee as a travel destination is likely to see a rebound in 2021, Williams-Smith said. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee hotels are starting to see signs of slow recovery. But times remain tough for the travel industry.," 1 July 2020 Next came a rebound that had fans believing that Apple’s big price is no immovable object when confronted with the irresistible force of its runaway momentum. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "After Apple’s stratospheric rise, investors are facing a new threat: Simple math," 30 June 2020 President Trump and senior officials have promised a swift rebound as public health restrictions are relaxed, but a spike in coronavirus cases and persistently high unemployment claims threaten the lives of tens of millions of Americans. Washington Post, "Exodus from Trump’s economic team continues despite fresh fears about new closures and coronavirus crisis," 29 June 2020 But with a modest rebound in flying, that is changing. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Middle seats and packed planes are coming back as airlines prepare to ease restrictions," 29 June 2020 Pence, however, spread a positive message, saying the country is on the rebound after being hit by the worst pandemic in a hundred years. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Pence touts Lordstown comeback at Endurance electric pickup reveal," 25 June 2020 Some restaurants that had reopened in states now seeing a rebound in coronavirus cases are again shutting down. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Coronavirus surge in states that rushed to reopen is hurting economic growth," 25 June 2020 China has ramped up its purchases of U.S. soybeans recently, sparking a rebound in prices and making the crop profitable again for U.S. farmers after the coronavirus pandemic had slammed demand. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, "Soybean Prices Rally as China Ramps Up Buying," 24 June 2020 While cabins and Airbnbs in the Hill Country have reported a rebound in bookings, the business meetings, conferences, sports and other events that attracted visitors to the Houston area will take longer to recover. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Houston hotels not expected to recover until 2024," 24 June 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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3 Jul 2020

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“Rebound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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


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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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