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 Republicans believe Trump’s path to a second term depends on the public’s perception of how quickly the economy rebounds from shutdowns meant to slow the spread of the virus. Time, "White House Hopes to Wind Down COVID-19 Task Force as Trump Visits Arizona Mask Factory," 5 May 2020 Scholars have linked sensationalist and skewed British media coverage of the study to a subsequent decline in UK immunization rates, which didn’t rebound until the mid-2000s. Keith Kloor, Wired, "The Hype Cycle for Chloroquine Is Eerily Familiar," 2 May 2020 And following the Great Recession, the recovery helped white families rebound while many Black families never recovered. Tracey Ross, Essence, "For Black People, The Country Returning ‘Back To Normal’ Is Not Good Enough," 27 Apr. 2020 Similar stories about wildlife rebounding have delighted many stuck at home, a lesson that coexisting with the planet and all that live upon it possible with the right efforts. Ali Wunderman, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Travel Has Evolved in the 50 Years Since the First Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 Because coaches have to follow a line-up, Grady’s rebounding total would have been higher had he been allowed to stay in the entire game. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "The Broadcaster’s 10-and-under All-Tournament Basketball Team," 2 Mar. 2020 Russell, a senior guard, had six boards and sophomore forward Jayde Van Hyfte four, contributing to ASU's 42-28 rebounding edge. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "No. 24 ASU women dominate Cal to clinch seventh straight 20-win season," 28 Feb. 2020 Kansas already has a substantial rebounding edge in the game, and the Red Raiders can ill-afford a big-man injury and/or foul trouble. Marcus Mosher, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Texas Tech at Kansas college basketball odds, picks and best bets," 1 Feb. 2020 Most forecasters assume the economy will rebound in the second half of the year, pushing emissions higher. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "Why CO2 Isn’t Falling More During a Global Lockdown," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hope for an economic rebound has helped to fuel a nearly 30 percent rally in the S&P 500 over the past month. New York Times, "Stocks Waver as Consumer Survey Shows Continued Concern: Live Updates," 29 Apr. 2020 The company, which has recently filed WARN notices in other states, has seen its stock rebound after tumbling at the onset of the pandemic. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "More than 1,000 Kentucky restaurant workers may lose jobs at this large dining company," 28 Apr. 2020 In three series against the Pistons in 1988, 1989 and 1990, Jordan averaged 30 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists and shot 47.1 percent from the field, including 49.4 percent on two-pointers. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "'The Last Dance': How the Pistons employed 'The Jordan Rules' against Michael," 28 Apr. 2020 Jordan got the rebound and went coast to coast for a layup, cutting the Phoenix lead to 98-96. Greg Moore, azcentral, "'The Last Dance': What if Charles Barkley had beaten Michael Jordan?," 27 Apr. 2020 His 20 rebounds in a game are the most by an Alaskan. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "One shining bracket: Picking Alaska’s best Division I men’s college basketball player," 24 Apr. 2020 Hirs said oil prices won’t significantly increase until the pandemic ends and demand for oil rebounds. Randy Diamond,, "Texas to consider mandatory oil cuts," 14 Apr. 2020 Although there's no suspension lift, the front end does gain 0.7 inch of additional rebound travel. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro Breaks Its Own Trail," 8 Apr. 2020 Roubini says China’s seemingly rapid rebound provides a powerful message that could extend the country’s influence. Will Knight, Wired, "China Flexes Its Soft Power With ‘Covid Diplomacy’," 2 Apr. 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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The first known use of rebound was in the 14th century

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14 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rebound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 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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