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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Of all the possible images Luann would have wanted to announce her exit from rehab, which had been a private secret until Ramona’s unauthorized Instagram upload, the visual of her literally surrounded by wine glasses would come very close to last., "Did Ramona Singer Finally Have A Breakthrough On RHONY?," 28 June 2018 While Locklear was in rehab in April, her attorneys, Blair Berk and William Haney, pleaded not guilty to battery on a police officer on her behalf. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Heather Locklear Hospitalized for Psychiatric Evaluation (Report)," 18 June 2018 After a failed attempt at rehab, his probation officer reported him again, and the judge sentenced him to 18 months’ imprisonment for violating his release by failing to achieve recovery. Jacob Schuman, The New Republic, "America’s Shadow Criminal Justice System," 30 May 2018 The fans lining the first-base line an hour before game time on a recent Monday night here were not waiting for one of the New York Mets’ top Double-A prospects or a major leaguer on a rehab assignment. Matthew Gutierrez, Fox News, "Tim Tebow plugs away in minors, hoping for a shot at the big leagues," 23 May 2018 Ryan Merritt is coming off the disabled list and starting his rehab assignment at Columbus. Terry Pluto,, "Cleveland Indians: Bullpen issues, All-Star Jose Ramirez -- Terry Pluto (photos)," 6 May 2018 The arrest and rehab stint of grande dame Luann de Lesseps have given an unexpected amount of weight to the Bravo show., "The Most Awkward Parts Of The RHONY Speed Dating Adventure," 12 July 2018 After completing his 30-day rehab stint in January, Odom was getting back into the swing of things, including focusing on his physical fitness. Natalie Stone,, "Khloé Kardashian's Ex Lamar Odom Reveals That He's 'Decided to Move' to China — Find Out Why," 11 July 2018 Nearly a year after checking into rehab, Odom collapsed at a nightclub in Los Angeles in the early morning hours of Nov. 5, 2017. Natalie Stone,, "Khloé Kardashian's Ex Lamar Odom Reveals That He's 'Decided to Move' to China — Find Out Why," 11 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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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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