re·​build | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈbild How to pronounce rebuild (audio) \
rebuilt\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈbilt How to pronounce rebuild (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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Recent Examples on the Web Research advocates welcomed the focus on science as a way to fight the pandemic and rebuild the economy in its aftermath. Brian Owens, Science | AAAS, "Canada’s new science budget gets lukewarm reception from researchers," 21 Apr. 2021 Biden has vowed to rebuild American diplomacy in the wake of Trump's hostility to multilateralism, his withdrawal from major international treaties and his often abrasive treatment of U.S. allies. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Sought-after ambassador posts unfilled under Biden. Will they go to political allies or veteran diplomats?," 14 Apr. 2021 The 39-year-old Honduran mother arrived in Reynosa a month ago with plans to rebuild her life in the U.S. Dianne Solis, Dallas News, "Parents face decision to send migrant children alone across border in rising numbers," 9 Apr. 2021 At the time, a France destroyed by war and shamed by Vichy collaboration with the Nazis needed to rebuild its democratic state in its entirety. New York Times, "Macron Closes Elite French School in Bid to Diversify Public Service," 8 Apr. 2021 The settlements include a $13.5 billion fund for wildfire victims that recently started distributing some of the money to help people rebuild their lives. CBS News, "PG&E charged in 2019 California wildfire," 6 Apr. 2021 In 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Marshall Plan, designed to help European allies rebuild after World War II and resist communism., "Today in History," 3 Apr. 2021 In the wake of the deadly storms in Newnan and throughout Coweta, quite a few GoFundMe pages have been created to help individuals and families rebuild their lives. Henri Hollis, ajc, "‘I only heard wind’: Newnan firefighter’s family recounts harrowing tornado," 2 Apr. 2021 Keeping tax rates competitive will help economies rebuild faster and stronger. CNN, "Why Janet Yellen is wrong on corporate tax rates," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rebuild

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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29 Apr 2021

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“Rebuild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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