re·build | \(ˌ)rē-ˈbild \
rebuilt\(ˌ)rē-ˈbilt \; 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 Washington Post reported Howard will give up $5 million of his $23.5 million salary for next season to become a free agent, rather than join the rebuilding Nets. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "If Dwight Howard accepted a $5 million buyout, did Charlotte Hornets make right move?," 7 July 2018 Despite slumping some in Big 12 play, the Atlanta Hawks dealt Luka Doncic to make Young the cornerstone of their rebuilding efforts. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Trae Young got off to a dreadful start in his first NBA Summer League game," 2 July 2018 In a surprising twist as free agency opened early Sunday, the young, rebuilding Phoenix Suns chose to pay up for veteran stability, signing reliable wing Trevor Ariza away from the Houston Rockets. Jeremy Woo,, "Grades: Suns Maintain Long-Term Flexibility With Locker Room Addition of Trevor Ariza," 1 July 2018 Chris Paul engineered a trade to Houston last summer, and the Clippers shipped Griffin to Detroit in January in a sign that rebuilding years could be ahead. Schuyler Dixon, Houston Chronicle, "AP sources: DeAndre Jordan commits again 3 years after jilting Mavericks," 1 July 2018 Giving him any money to rebuild his country would be doubly repulsive. The Economist, "Syrian refugees could turn into the new Palestinians," 30 June 2018 Rangers: The rebuilding Rangers have three first-round picks (Nos. 9, 26 and 28) and are willing to move center Kevin Hayes. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL draft 2018: Live updates, analysis of news, rumors from first round," 22 June 2018 Most in the state expected this season to be a rebuilding one for Moorestown — many didn’t expect the Quakers to make it out of South Jersey. Chris Melchiorre,, "Moorestown boys' lacrosse falls in Group 3 state championship," 30 May 2018 Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh is in Puerto Rico through an Open Society Foundations program that pairs mainland mayors with their counterparts on the island to support rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Maria caused severe damage there. Luke Broadwater,, "Baltimore Mayor Pugh travels to Puerto Rico though program aimed at rebuilding island," 25 May 2018

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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 \
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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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