rebuild

verb
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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Flooding is a big concern for those still living in homes that have not been fully rebuilt since Maria. Washington Post, "Beryl dissipates after Dominica, easing threat to others," 9 July 2018 Parisians will gather on the bridges that cross the Seine and sing hymns; President Macron will vow that the cathedral will be rebuilt within five years. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Cartier Celebrates Its Latest Collection With a Lavish Parisian Fete," 19 Apr. 2019 Repairs, at times reconstruction, as some elements of the ship were rebuilt rather than repaired, began in January 2018. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Stricken Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Leaves Drydock," 18 Apr. 2019 There is no question that the structure will be rebuilt. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Notre Dame: An In-Depth Look at What Was Lost and What it Will Take to Rebuild," 16 Apr. 2019 In general, the damage is continuing to be evaluated, but French President Emmanuel Macron has promised that the monument will be rebuilt. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Notre-Dame's Iconic Rose Windows Are Reportedly Safe Following Monday's Fire at the Cathedral," 16 Apr. 2019 Ultimately, Rauner decided the whole campus should be rebuilt . John O'connor, The Seattle Times, "Audit: Slow Legionnaires’ response at Illinois veterans home," 25 Mar. 2019 The undamaged portion of the Maersk Honam was loaded onto a special cargo transporter and ferried to South Korea, where it will be rebuilt. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Ship Operators Raise Alarms Over String of Vessel Fires," 24 Mar. 2019 What a relief that France is determined to rebuild. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Top Designers on What Notre-Dame Means to Them," 17 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of rebuild

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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rebuild

verb

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)

rebuild

verb
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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