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

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 Thanks to a first-round pick from the Bears in the Justin Fields trade, the Giants have a great opportunity to rebuild this offseason. C.j. Doon,, 5 Jan. 2022 At a Workers’ Party congress in January, Mr. Kim admitted that his efforts to rebuild the North’s moribund economy had failed. New York Times, 1 Jan. 2022 The leeway that Angular allows, with rapid prototyping, opens up the possibility for our team to create a proof of concept with the same code without the need to rebuild what we’ve previously implemented for iterations. Goran Paun, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 For Musk, meanwhile, the new year means a new opportunity to rebuild his company’s reputation in China after a rough 2021. Andrew Marquardt, Fortune, 28 Dec. 2021 Khoury recently had the first of five reconstructive surgeries to rebuild her upper lip. Wendy Grossman Kantor,, 27 Dec. 2021 The pandemic exposed a dire need to rebuild the nation’s fractured public health system and $1 billion of federal money is earmarked to do that. Globe Staff,, 14 Dec. 2021 The owner of the candle factory has already expressed plans to rebuild and assist the reeling community. Yael Halon, Fox News, 14 Dec. 2021 Intelligence intercepts in the months following the March 2020 strike led to the discovery of additional sites, and what Israelis believed to be an ongoing effort to rebuild Syria’s chemical weapons capability, the two Western officials said. Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of rebuild

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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11 Jan 2022

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“Rebuild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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