noun, often attributive
re·​hab | \ ˈrē-ˌhab \

Definition of rehab 

1 : the action or process of rehabilitating : rehabilitation especially : a program for rehabilitating especially drug or alcohol abusers
2 : a rehabilitated building or dwelling

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rehab verb
rehabber \ ˈrē-​ˌha-​bər \ noun

Examples of rehab in a Sentence

The rehab for his leg injury is going well. the accident victim had to undergo months of rehab before she could walk again

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Affleck was photographed at the rehab facility in Malibu, Calif. on Sunday. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Ben Affleck completes 30 days in rehab, will continue treatment, reports say," 25 Sep. 2018 Poeng, 50, was released last week from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and is in a rehab facility, his brother Thai Poeng, 57, said Monday. Julie Shaw,, "Man, 29, surrenders in AK-47 shooting of West Philly beer deli owner," 2 July 2018 After 10 years of drug use, Will went into a rehab facility. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was alleged rape and shooting death investigation influenced by reality TV cameras?," 30 June 2018 Sheldon sets her film in West Virginia, which has become something of an emblem for the opiate crisis in the U.S., at Jacob’s Ladder, an unusual rehab facility founded by Dr. Kevin Blankenship, the father of a recovering addict. Katie Walsh,, "Documentary 'Recovery Boys' finds hope in addiction-ravaged West Virginia," 28 June 2018 Emily arrives just in time to watch her mother, threatening to take her back to a rehab facility. Josh Wigler, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Westworld' Bloodbath Sets the Stage For a Deadly Finale," 17 June 2018 In July, Lovato was reportedly rushed to the hospital after an overdose, and has been mostly quiet ever since leaving rehab in November. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Shows Fans How She's Fighting for Recovery With a Jiu-Jistsu Selfie," 5 Dec. 2018 Prior to re-entering rehab, Affleck was snapped on two occasions with Sexton. Fox News, "Ben Affleck's rumored gal pal Shauna Sexton reportedly visits star upon his return to rehab," 2 Oct. 2018 The owner had had a stroke at 35 and his daughter, a black belt in karate, helped him rehab. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018

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First Known Use of rehab

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rehab

short for rehabilitation or rehabilitate

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The first known use of rehab was in 1941

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English Language Learners Definition of rehab

: a program for helping people who have problems with drugs, alcohol, etc.

: the process of helping someone (such as an injured patient or a drug user) to become healthy again : the process of rehabilitating someone


noun, often attributive
re·​hab | \ ˈrē-ˌhab \

Medical Definition of rehab 

: rehabilitation especially : a program for rehabilitating especially drug or alcohol abusers

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