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

The cap hasn’t been lifted, even as the state rebounded in the years after the downturn, according to a report from the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis, a Richmond think tank. Washington Post, "Social workers and custodians help form the backbone of a campus. But Virginia schools have lost billions for those jobs.," 7 July 2019 The estuary famed for its blue crabs and oysters has been gradually rebounding under a federal cleanup program launched in 1983 that put an end to unbridled pollution. Davd Mcfadden,, "Intensifying downpours threaten the Chesapeake," 6 July 2019 Time Hiring rebounded strongly in June as employers added 224,000 jobs, easing recession fears and posing a dilemma for a Federal Reserve that’s expected to cut interest rates later this month. Janna Herron, USA TODAY, "June jobs report: Economy adds 224,000 jobs, easing recession fears," 5 July 2019 But job growth rebounded sharply in June, the Labor Department reported Friday. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Strong Jobs Report Eases Fears of Damage From Trade War," 5 July 2019 The pair of young stars that linked up for the only goal of the USA’s ugly quarterfinal win over Curaçao, Weston McKennie and Christian Pulisic, each scored against Jamaica, as the Americans rebounded with some style. Brian Straus,, "After Handling Jamaica, Weather Delay, USMNT Gets Gold Cup Final vs. Mexico," 4 July 2019 But after enacting conservation measures, including a CITES listing in 1975, populations rebounded. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "What is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species?," 3 July 2019 Jonquel Jones is living, scoring, rebounding proof of that. Dom Amore,, "Dom Amore: As Jonquel Jones flourishes with Connecticut Sun, she hopes to create opportunities back home in Bahamas," 1 July 2019 The streak of falling gasoline prices is over: Houston drivers will pay roughly 6 cents more at the pump as prices across the country rebounded in response to higher oil prices. Marissa Luck, Houston Chronicle, "The streak of lower gas prices is over," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Simons also had four rebounds and a pair of assists but did register six turnovers., "Gary Trent Jr.'s 31 points lead Portland Trail Blazers past Houston Rockets 97-87 in Las Vegas Summer League: Live updates recap," 7 July 2019 On Friday, Williamson did a little of everything in just nine minutes of playing time, scoring 11 points and grabbing three rebounds while shooting 4 of 9 from the field. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Zion Williamson Lives Up to the Hype, at Least for One Night," 6 July 2019 Of course, Looney will grab rebounds and make defensive stops. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Kevon Looney talks new deal with Warriors, Kevin Durant’s departure & possibly shooting 3’s," 5 July 2019 Napheesa Collier grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds and Alaina Coates had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench. Mike Cook, Twin Cities, "Talbot, Lynx pull away in second half to beat Atlanta 85-68," 2 July 2019 Cambage also had nine rebounds and seven assists for the Aces (8-5)., "Sky miss final 10 shots in dropping their 4th straight, 90-82 to the Aces," 2 July 2019 Elena Delle Donne scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the visiting Washington Mystics past the Las Vegas Aces 95-72., "No change to NFL pass-interference rule by competition committee," 20 June 2019 Lowry scored twenty-one points and had six rebounds and six assists. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "The Raptors’ Joyous N.B.A. Finals Victory Brings the Warriors Dynasty to an End," 14 June 2019 Curry also had eight rebounds and seven assists but couldn't do it all for the two-time defending champions, who were without starters Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and key backup big man Kevon Looney due to injuries. CBS News, "Curry's heroics not enough as Raptors take 2-1 lead in NBA Finals," 6 June 2019

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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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