rebuild

verb
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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Dutch design company Concr3De, for example, wants to mix the church's limestone with ashes from the fire to rebuild the cathedral's famed gargoyles with 3D printing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Notre Dame Will Probably Look Exactly Like It Used To," 29 May 2019 After the waters recede, people will need medical care, food, and supplies to rebuild their homes and lives. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 The twist is that the designs will be modular, and can be shipped to be rebuilt anywhere in the world, Dan says. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The mission is part of the 29-member alliance’s attempt to help Iraq rebuild and ensure that the Islamic State group can’t gain a new foothold there. Washington Post, "NATO allies offer trainers, seek to set disputes aside," 11 July 2018 The mission is part of the 29-member alliance's attempt to help Iraq rebuild and ensure that the Islamic State group can't gain a new foothold there. The Christian Science Monitor, "As NATO seeks to prove relevance, Canada offers to lead Iraq mission," 11 July 2018 Through the organization, Borawski was able to secure funds and work teams to help the Wykoff family rebuild their home, replace their furniture and help pay their mortgage in the months following the flood. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Cypress-based group still lending a helping hand to those recovering from Hurricane Harvey," 15 June 2018 The money, expected to provide a multi-year bridge as replacement trees and groves mature, includes $340 million that Florida will get in the form of a block grant to help citrus farmers rebuild. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida citrus growers endure worst season in decades," 14 June 2018 The measles cases are mostly concentrated in the northern states of Amazonas and Roraima, where thousands of Venezuelan refugees are crossing the border and trying to rebuild their lives. Beatrice Christofaro, The Seattle Times, "Brazil rushes to thwart measles outbreak from Venezuelans," 6 Aug. 2018

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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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rebuild

verb

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)

rebuild

verb
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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