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


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

Gustafson, who averages a Division I-best 28 points while also ranking second in rebounding, finished with her 33rd double-double to tie the NCAA’s single-season record. Joedy Mccreary, The Seattle Times, "Gustafson, Iowa reach Elite 8 by beating NC State 79-61," 30 Mar. 2019 Bucksport also lost its mill in recent years, but has had more success in rebounding economically. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Maine’s Mill Towns Search for New Life," 2 Oct. 2018 The Baltimore native started just nine games for the Tigers last season but finished third on the team in scoring and led them in rebounding. Jonas Shaffer,, "Former Towson forward Justin Gorham (Calvert Hall) transfers to Houston," 26 June 2018 Shinn, who led Crescenta Valley to a CIF championship in 2016, finished sixth in the state in rebounding and soared to fourth all-time in program scoring with 1,000 points. Charles Rich,, "College Update: St. Francis product Brandt closes out college days on links," 9 June 2018 The 7-foot-2 Gilmore spent his first five seasons as a pro with the Colonels, leading the ABA in rebounding four times before the franchise was dissolved. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Former Kentucky Colonel Artis Gilmore: Louisville is ready to handle an NBA team," 28 Apr. 2018 His value needs to be in rebounding and rim protecting. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Moose and the Royals' rare pace, Chiefs' draft, and one more Bud Lathrop story | The Kansas City Star," 24 Apr. 2018 The Sixers led the league in rebounding differential by a huge margin in the regular season (plus 430). Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "If this was Wade's final home game, it was something memorable | Miami Herald," 21 Apr. 2018 Harnessing command of the slider has catalyzed his superb, rebound June. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Brad Peacock rebounds in June after a rough May," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lee, a junior guard, averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. Bob Narang,, "Jacqueline Bickhaus preps for 'season to remember' at Buffalo Grove," 14 July 2018 The 7-1, 260-pounder had 10 points and nine rebounds. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers beat Suns in summer league in first Zhaire Smith-Mikal Bridges matchup," 13 July 2018 After going undrafted in 2017, Campbell signed with the NBA G League's Lakeland Magic in January, playing in 20 games and averaging 6.3 points and 4.6 rebounds. Dave Clark,, "Holy Cross' Antonio Campbell suffers summer league setback for Magic with ankle sprain," 13 July 2018 Anthony, 34, averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds and hit a career-high 169 three pointers for the Thunder last season. Barry Jackson, miamiherald, "ESPN analyst explains why Miami is the best fit for Carmelo Anthony," 12 July 2018 Reggie Upshaw had 24 points and nine rebounds to lead the Clippers to an 89-74 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas to advance in the single-elimination NBA Summer League tournament. Broderick Turner,, "Clippers beat Wizards to advance to Summer League showdown with Lakers," 12 July 2018 Center Willy Hernangomez had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Miles Bridges' 3-pointers a nice touch in Charlotte Hornets' summer loss," 9 July 2018 Gorham came off the bench most of last season, averaging 9.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "Towson forward Justin Gorham to transfer to UH," 26 June 2018 The 6-foot-7, 225-pounder averaged 10 points and 8 rebounds last season at Maryland, his sophomore year. Chris Hays,, "Magic select Tulane's Melvin Frazier, Maryland's Justin Jackson in 2nd round," 22 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 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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