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

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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.
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The money is split between state and local governments, with much of going to fix potholes and rebuild crumbling roads and bridges. Washington Post, "California gas tax rises another 6 cents a gallon Monday," 29 June 2019 Serving in the Navy means Aistrup is part of a world that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. Rusty K. Pang, Houston Chronicle, "Katy native participates in multinational exercise in Baltic Sea region," 29 June 2019 In July 2018, School Board members considered renovating parts of the school while tearing down other parts and rebuilding from scratch. Andrew Boryga,, "Delays likely to continue for Northeast High School renovations," 28 June 2019 Americans interviewed by Pew researchers reported the strongest support for boosting funding for education, veteran’s benefits, rebuilding highways and bridges, Medicare, environmental protection and scientific research. NBC News, "Federal spending: creeping socialism or critical needs?," 28 June 2019 After having his shoulder rebuilt in the fall of 2017 and missing so much time, Nelson basically had to relearn his pitching mechanics and has experienced trouble commanding his pitches, in particular his fastball. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winds of change blow over Miller Park on Friday as Brewers make sweeping roster changes," 28 June 2019 Wochit The Detroit Tigers, deep in another rebuilding season full of losses, plan to be extremely cautious with rookie pitcher Spencer Turnbull. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Spencer Turnbull on IL: 'We’re not going to risk anything'," 28 June 2019 Meanwhile if Kawhi leaves Toronto could decide to strip that team down for parts and rebuild around Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet and a handful of others there. Chris Mannix,, "How Do Teams on the Free-Agency Sidelines Feel About Kawhi Leonard? | Crossover Podcast," 27 June 2019 Arizona’s athletic director is about to embark on his most ambitious undertaking yet: rebuilding the west side of Arizona Stadium. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona Stadium to have new Skybox Club added in its west side renovations," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of rebuild

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of rebuild

: to build (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed
: to make important improvements or changes in (something)


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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