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 The study is part of a larger vision to relieve congestion in the corridor and follows a historic accord reached a year ago between Maryland and Virginia to rebuild and widen the span over the Potomac River within the decade. Washington Post, "Express bus service between Tysons and Bethesda? Study looks at congestion on an expanding Beltway.," 29 Dec. 2020 Some, like the town of Paradise, have chosen to rebuild with plastic and accept the risks. Ars Technica, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires," 28 Dec. 2020 These are partners that many of us, including myself, know and have worked with in the past, so being able to get information as quickly as possible, rebuild and restart those working relationships are absolutely critical right now. NBC News, "Meet the Press - December 20, 2020," 20 Dec. 2020 His successor will have a lot on their plate, including figuring out how to rebuild ridership and negotiate an uncertain funding future. oregonlive, "TriMet general manager Doug Kelsey will retire in March, his successor will have a full plate," 17 Dec. 2020 Nigerian intelligence analysts say the Boko Haram leader has exploited the deteriorating security situation in the region to rebuild old networks and cultivate new alliances with criminal groups. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Boko Haram Kidnaps Hundreds of Nigerian Students, Six Years After Chibok," 15 Dec. 2020 Some, like the town of Paradise, have chosen to rebuild with plastic and accept the risks. Amisha Shah, The Conversation, "Plastic pipes are polluting drinking water systems after wildfires - it’s a risk in urban fires, too," 14 Dec. 2020 Only 5 percent said that a change in administration alone would rebuild credibility and restore morale. New York Times, "Under Biden, Justice Dept. Lawyers Seek a Shield From Partisan Battles," 12 Dec. 2020 Myles Garrett, who’s worked hard to rebuild his reputation and give back to society, has been named the Browns 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year. cleveland, "Myles Garrett named the Browns 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year," 10 Dec. 2020

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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Rebuild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 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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