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 Since the end of the game, the two-month-old GoFundMe page set up to help Bain’s family in the Bahamas rebuild from Hurricane Dorian damage had raised $88,281 and counting shortly after 7 p.m. EST Wednesday. Washington Post, "GoFundMe donations spike for SFA player after upset of Duke," 28 Nov. 2019 Because the barn had to be rebuilt quickly, the cost was higher., "Newspaper clippings documenting the success of Bob’s Turkey farm are framed on the wall in their general store.," 27 Nov. 2019 The original barn collapsed and was rebuilt with wood from other old barns in around 1979. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "177-year-old Monches Mill house has 4,000 square feet, a barn, pond frontage - and a jukebox," 21 Nov. 2019 Elementary schools promised to be rebuilt or renovated in 2014 bond issue campaign that will not see work: Bolton, Case, Denison, Iowa-Maple, Tremont Montessori, Valley View Boys Leadership Academy. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland, "Collinwood H.S. avoids axe as Cleveland school board votes on closures, construction and broken promises," 20 Nov. 2019 For nearly a month, the building gave #DecodeExperiential space to display more than 25 pieces of digital art while its LED screens were being rebuilt. Maya Mcdowell, Marie Claire, "Two Female Leaders on How Their Personal Style Makes Them More Confident Bosses," 12 Nov. 2019 In 1904 a fire destroyed much of the town, resulting in it being rebuilt in Art Nouveau style. Lori Swanson, Twin Cities, "My mother says she’s British. Her DNA says Scandinavian. So we went to check out the beautiful homeland," 10 Nov. 2019 Alcázar of Segovia, Spain The Alcázar de Segovia was once a medieval fortress, but it was rebuilt in its current, castle-like style following a fire in 1862. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 24 Most Beautiful Castles in Europe," 8 Nov. 2019 One of the Glenview Fire Department stations will be rebuilt, and construction will begin in 2020, Patterson said. Anna Kim,, "Glenview village president talks about future capital projects and 2019 accomplishments in ‘state of village’ address," 7 Nov. 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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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rebuild.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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

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