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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But many ultimately rebuild, and in sub-Saharan Africa, the population has spiked from just over 800 million people at the beginning of the century to 3.7 billion at the end. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 Using LoCIP funds – State reimbursement to the Town under the Local Capital Improvement Program - the elevator will be completely rebuilt in place, saving the expense and extensive excavation of a new shaft., "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 The Dolphins may be rebuilding this year, but Wilkins is one of their linchpins of the future., "That prediction became a reality last Sunday, when Wilkins appeared in his first NFL game, playing 65 snaps and making four tackles for the Dolphins in their Week 1 loss to the Ravens. This Sunday, Wilkins will be facing his hometown Patriots in Miami.," 13 Sep. 2019 Pasadena Star-News Two Northern California architects rebuilt their home to withstand potential utility power outages. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The decades-long battles over John Steinbeck’s estate," 13 Sep. 2019 That bridge will be rebuilt and widened from four lanes to six, with bike lanes and sidewalks in both directions. Daily Pilot, "Demolition of Bushard Street bridge over 405 Freeway to begin this weekend," 12 Sep. 2019 Construction crews are rebuilding the bed of the airport’s busiest runway, which has been cracking. Michael Cabanatuan,, "SFO: More than 1,200 flights delayed, canceled in 4 days — and more expected," 10 Sep. 2019 Chris Mack has rebuilt U of L basketball into a team widely seen as a national contender, but his program continues to be clouded by the Bowen investigation and the possibility new sanctions may be imposed. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Progress not visible in talks between Rick Pitino and the U of L Athletic Association," 10 Sep. 2019 The Homewood location closed in May for demolition and rebuild. William Thornton |, al, "Flagship Jack’s location to reopen Monday in Homewood," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of rebuild

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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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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