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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web During the first nine months of the Obama presidency, the unemployment rate climbed to 10% and the swift recovery that was predicted never happened as the country took years to work through housing foreclosures and rebuild its financial system. Josh Boak, ajc, "Biden's test: Engineering economic boom in a partisan divide," 18 Jan. 2021 Because of that Black had planned to tear it down and rebuild across four commercial lots along Schaefer, from Electric and Liddesdale streets. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, "RollerCade roller rink keeps Detroit's skating culture going during coronavirus pandemic," 15 Jan. 2021 So when the Galaxy, mired in a franchise-worst-tying six-year title drought, approached Vanney last month and asked him to come home and rebuild that legacy, no one had to explain to him what that meant. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Galaxy hire Greg Vanney as next coach to lead rebuilding project," 5 Jan. 2021 Action Recycling points out that the amount of aluminum Americans throw away every three months could rebuild our entire commercial air fleet. Allison Chinchar, CNN, "10 easy ways to 'Go Green' in 2021," 3 Jan. 2021 In doing so, the U.S. will have to not just stringently reduce its own emissions but rebuild bridges burned by decades of America First foreign policy. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "How to Make the Paris Agreement Really Work," 29 Dec. 2020 Crews worked to stop the leak, clean up the site and rebuild the bridge within two weeks., "The biggest Arizona headlines of 2020, from COVID-19 to the elections," 28 Dec. 2020 And for Fitzpatrick, the wily 16-year veteran who helped pioneer the Dolphins’ rebuild as Miami’s starting quarterback last season, his first trip to the playoffs is still on the line. Safid Deen,, "‘They call him FitzMagic for a reason’: Ryan Fitzpatrick leads Dolphins past Raiders, keeping Miami’s playoff hopes alive," 27 Dec. 2020 The movie’s central dilemma is how Ruben will rebuild a life out of his new situation. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Sound of Metal: A Journey into Deafness," 23 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rebuild.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rebuild

1537, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rebuild

Time Traveler for rebuild

Time Traveler

The first known use of rebuild was in 1537

See more words from the same year

Statistics for rebuild

Last Updated

23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Rebuild.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for rebuild


How to pronounce rebuild (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on rebuild

What made you want to look up rebuild? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!