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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Officials in those cities have said paying provided an alternative to rebuilding system systems and the risk of permanently losing public records. Ian Duncan,, "U.S. mayors group adopts resolution proposed by Baltimore, vowing not to pay ransoms to hackers," 10 July 2019 At the end of May, Pillsbury directed Stafford to produce a detailed, three-year financial plan for rebuilding the school’s reserves. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Costly academic turnaround takes St. Paul charter school from ‘buckets of cash’ to deep in debt," 10 July 2019 The Thunder gave themselves a path to rebuilding amid the growing possibility that Westbrook will be the next to ask out. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Are Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant and LeBron James Too Powerful?," 8 July 2019 Julian Castro was asked if the federal government should be responsible for rebuilding people’s houses after flooding, and Castro quickly changed the subject to the damage Hurricane Maria did to Puerto Rico. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The First Democratic Debate Failed The Planet," 27 June 2019 Ainge did virtually everything right in rebuilding the Celtics after age caught up to the New Big Three. Chad Finn,, "Al Horford would have fit in with any great Celtics team," 19 June 2019 Trip Highlights Settle into a rural Puerto Rican town with limited access to aid, and lend a hand with rebuilding infrastructure devastated by Hurricane Maria. National Geographic, "Puerto Rico High School Community Service," 12 June 2019 But in rebuilding Kazakhstan into a modern economy, Nazarbayev has quashed opposition voices, independent media and public dissent. Sabra Ayres,, "Presidents may come and go. In Kazakhstan, there’s only one Father of the Nation," 6 June 2019 One alternative calls for rebuilding the bus terminal in its existing location on 42nd Street. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Port Authority Bus Terminal Overhaul Options Emerge," 23 May 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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