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

transitive verb

: to make extensive repairs to : reconstruct
rebuild a war-torn city
: to restore to a previous state
rebuild inventories
: 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 Instead of rebuilding a beach with an even line of new sand, engineers extend one section of the shoreline out into the sea at an angle.. Jake Bittle, WIRED, 10 Feb. 2024 Baker Mayfield The fact that this is even a discussion speaks to how much polarizing quarterback Baker Mayfield has rebuilt his value. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, 9 Feb. 2024 Coupled with the closure and plans to rebuild the Fontana track, next year could be the first time since 1996, with the exception of the COVID year, that Los Angeles has not held a Cup Series event in the region. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 After natural disasters, particularly wildfires and hurricanes, residents often decide the risk of a repeat catastrophe is too great to rebuild. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2024 Parks and Rec plans to keep the community apprised of its timeline for rebuilding the playground. Angela Palermo, Idaho Statesman, 6 Feb. 2024 The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, meanwhile, mandated all federal agencies under its authority disconnect Ivanti VPN products from the Internet until they are rebuilt from scratch and running the latest software version. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 5 Feb. 2024 The Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates the state has lost $9 million tourism dollars per day in the wake of the fire, prompting the agency to invest $2.6 million in the Maui Marketing Recovery Plan to help rebuild travel demand. Crai S. Bower, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Feb. 2024 Multiple reports have detailed how Trump's team plans to rebuild the federal government in ways that would increase his power. Monica Potts, ABC News, 1 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of rebuild was in 1537

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Cite this Entry

“Rebuild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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re·​build (ˈ)rē-ˈbild How to pronounce rebuild (audio)
rebuilt -ˈbilt How to pronounce rebuild (audio) ; rebuilding
: to make important repairs to or changes in
rebuild an old house
: to build again
planned to rebuild after the fire
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