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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Facebook has already begun its effort to rebuild trust with consumers, according to Mr. Lucio. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "Facebook to Boost Ad Spending as It Tries to Restore Reputation," 14 June 2019 In this installment, CBS News correspondent Adriana Diaz shares the story of a growing bond between a young man rebuilding his life and the cop who first arrested him. CBS News, "Young man rebuilding his life forms bond with cop who first arrested him," 13 June 2019 Hoteliers Ian Schrager and Ty Warner tried and failed to obtain approvals to rebuild the resort, but Caruso wended his way through the environmental and architectural reviews and postponements that delayed the opening until now. Christina Binkley,, "The Miramar Beach hotel in Montecito opens with a splash," 10 June 2019 Mason, 36, was recruited by Wiedefeld in 2016 to manage the SafeTrack rebuilding program. Washington Post, "Metro has a new team running its rail operations. There’s something unusual about them.," 10 June 2019 Trading for Mack, of course, fast-forwarded the Bears’ rebuilding project. Rich Campbell,, "'Whoa, this is going down!' Story time at Bears100 Celebration includes how they traded for Khalil Mack," 9 June 2019 Owners Charlotte and Patrick Karnos, who had owned the business for more than 30 years, plan to rebuild and started a GoFundMe campaign to support the bar's employees. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Here are the biggest Arizona restaurant closings of 2019 so far," 8 June 2019 In the bounce of a pingpong ball, Griffin’s rebuilding strategy changed overnight. Jeff Duncan,, "Pelicans have the right man in charge to execute Plan Z," 8 June 2019 After the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving Crimea part of newly-independent Ukraine, attempts to rebuild the statue stalled. The Economist, "Crimea is still in limbo five years after Russia seized it," 8 June 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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