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 The castle was rebuilt in 1543, when then owner Murrough O’Brien (chief of the clan and 57th King of Thomond) had to pledge loyalty to King Henry VII. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Six Spots Around the World Where You Can Try Your Hand at Falconry," 15 Nov. 2019 The 39-year old actor whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, has been actively raising funds for the country’s rebuilding efforts. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "Google is creating a digital archive of Puerto Rican art saved from Hurricane Maria," 10 Nov. 2019 Mariners: The rotation needs patching and forever-rebuilding general manager Jerry DiPoto will look for trades that make sense., "AL East," 9 Nov. 2019 But the Bahamas are moving forward - rebuilding homes, reopening businesses, and restoring the spirit of the islands and its people. Andrea Sachs,, "In the Bahamas, a hard-hit island beckons again," 8 Nov. 2019 Cecilia starts rebuilding her life, but mysterious, ominous phenomena keep happening. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Elisabeth Moss gets the gaslighting treatment in Invisible Man trailer," 7 Nov. 2019 Speaking of McGill, former Jackets’ head coach Caleb Ross has Prattville on the rebuilding fast track. Ben Thomas |, al, "Prattville, Theodore expect physical first-round battle in Class 7A playoffs," 6 Nov. 2019 When Big Bird lost his nest to a hurricane, the community rebuilt his home. Mark Kennedy, Twin Cities, "‘Goodness and humor’ celebrated as ‘Sesame Street’ turns 50," 5 Nov. 2019 Cy Young favorite and Game 1 starter Gerrit Cole – acquired in trade from the perpetually rebuilding Pirates in 2018 – is a free agent after this season. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "'You need to go pay people': Nationals, Astros show power of almighty dollar in World Series," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rebuild.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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