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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Recent Examples on the Web To catch up with other industrialized nations, the country mobilized to rebuild and expand its manufacturing base. Marc Bain, Quartz, "How Japan’s global image morphed from military empire to eccentric pop-culture superpower," 21 May 2020 After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese that brought the nation into World War II, America was able to move quickly in rebuilding its fleet and mobilizing companies to switch to a wartime economy. Dallas News, "Curbing partisanship to embracing American spirit: 5 things the coronavirus fight has taught us," 17 May 2020 In rebuilding an offensive front that struggled last year, Telesco traded veteran starter Russell Okung to Carolina for five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "With draft over, Chargers must tackle left side of offensive line," 27 Apr. 2020 On March 23, as the COVID-19 case count climbed, Nashville’s Metro Public Health Department directed residents to stay home unless engaged in essential activities, and efforts to rebuild ground to a halt. National Geographic, "Social distancing during disasters," 17 Apr. 2020 In the aftermath, base leaders were left with the Herculean task of rebuilding Tyndall, one of the largest in the nation and home to 11,000 Airmen and their families. Kc Baker,, "How This Air Force Base's $5 Billion Reconstruction Will 'Protect Our People' amid Climate Change," 16 Apr. 2020 The immense task of rebuilding the devastated country called for ideas that could inspire the people and give them a sense of direction. Julian Gewirtz, Harper's Magazine, "To Rebel Is Justified," 30 Mar. 2020 Acting now to rebuild our nation’s productive capacity is the right move for both the present and the future. Marco Rubio, National Review, "The Case for a Coronavirus Supply-Side Stimulus," 12 Mar. 2020 For each proposal in the report, there will inevitably be political and bureaucratic hurdles—raising the question of just how to measure the commission’s success in rebuilding US cyber strategy. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Giant Report Lays Anvil on US Cyber Policy," 11 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of rebuild

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Rebuild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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