re·​build | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈbild How to pronounce rebuild (audio) \
rebuilt\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈbilt How to pronounce rebuild (audio) \; rebuilding

Definition of rebuild

transitive verb

1a : to make extensive repairs to : reconstruct rebuild a war-torn city
b : to restore to a previous state rebuild inventories
2 : to make extensive changes in : remodel rebuild society

intransitive verb

: to build again planned to rebuild after the fire

Choose the Right Synonym for rebuild

mend, repair, patch, rebuild mean to put into good order something that is injured, damaged, or defective. mend implies making whole or sound something broken, torn, or injured. mended the torn dress repair applies to the fixing of more extensive damage or dilapidation. repaired the back steps patch implies an often temporary fixing of a hole or break with new material. patch worn jeans rebuild suggests making like new without completely replacing. a rebuilt automobile engine

Examples of rebuild in a Sentence

He rebuilt his house after it was destroyed by a fire. They tried to rebuild after the earthquake. The new owner plans to rebuild the franchise. The team is rebuilding after losing most of its top players.
Recent Examples on the Web How can Portland boost police morale, rebuild community trust? oregonlive, 27 Apr. 2022 What if the Reds are not a mess but just struggle with how best to communicate with you and rebuild your trust? The Enquirer, 31 Mar. 2022 Jessica Berman looks to rebuild trust with National Women’s Soccer League players and fans after a series of scandals rocked the league last year. Anne M. Peterson,, 9 Mar. 2022 During the past year, medical authorities and election officials, faced with the problem of public mistrust, have chosen to respond with more detail—more charts and images and attribution—in the hope that transparency will rebuild social trust. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2022 After winning elections in 2016, President Tsai Ing-wen moved actively to rebuild trust. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb. 2022 Since oil and gas prices recovered, management has been working to rebuild trust with its financially-minded investors. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2022 Failing to do so can cause irreversible damage to the core staff and culture and will require time and energy in order to rebuild trust and stability. Alex Vasquez, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Jeff Fleming, the acting mayor's spokesperson, acknowledged this distrust and recognized that a lot needs to be done in order to rebuild this trust. Vanessa Swales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rebuild

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Rebuild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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re·​build | \ ˌrē-ˈbild How to pronounce rebuild (audio) \
rebuilt\ -​ˈbilt \; rebuilding

Kids Definition of rebuild

1 : to make important repairs to or changes in I'm rebuilding an old house.
2 : to construct again


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