rebuild

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verb re·build \(ˌ)rē-ˈbild\

Definition of rebuild

rebuilt

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rebuilding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make extensive repairs to :  reconstruct <rebuild a war-torn city> b :  to restore to a previous state <rebuild inventories>

  3. 2 :  to make extensive changes in :  remodel <rebuild society>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to build again <planned to rebuild after the fire>

Examples of rebuild in a sentence

  1. He rebuilt his house after it was destroyed by a fire.

  2. They tried to rebuild after the earthquake.

  3. The new owner plans to rebuild the franchise.

  4. The team is rebuilding after losing most of its top players.

1537

First Known Use of rebuild

1537

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

REBUILD Defined for English Language Learners

rebuild

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verb re·build \(ˌ)rē-ˈbild\

Definition of rebuild for English Language Learners

  • : to build (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed

  • : to make important improvements or changes in (something)


REBUILD Defined for Kids

rebuild

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verb re·build \ˌrē-ˈbild\

Definition of rebuild for Students

rebuilt

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rebuilding

  1. 1 :  to make important repairs to or changes in <I'm rebuilding an old house.>

  2. 2 :  to construct again


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