noun, often attributive
re·​hab | \ ˈrē-ˌhab How to pronounce rehab (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rehabber (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Michael Tworzydlo, Cuyahoga County’s chief construction engineer, said the county, which administers and inspects more than a half-dozen road and bridge maintenance and rehab projects, is following the same practices on worksites as ODOT. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Highway construction, funding for transportation projects continue in NE Ohio despite coronavirus pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 By 15, Martin was addicted to drugs, later checking herself into rehab. Shannon Carlin,, "The Cast Of Channel 4’s Feel Good Will Give You All The Feels," 19 Mar. 2020 Mikhaila said in a video update after Peterson checked himself into rehab in the U.S. Lindsay Beyerstein, The New Republic, "What Happened to Jordan Peterson?," 10 Mar. 2020 In that feature, which was done by the folks at Uninterrupted, Gordon talks about being 70 days into rehab at the time and wanting to go over 100 days. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "We should all be rooting for Josh Gordon now more than ever," 17 Dec. 2019 Many hospitals prefer to help a cooperative employee get into rehab and avoid a criminal record. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Can technology fix the silent opioid crisis gripping US hospitals?," 19 Nov. 2019 The film won her Best Documentary Feature at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and the attention of Shia LaBeouf, who later sent Har’el a semi-autobiographical movie script from rehab. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "'Honey Boy' Director Alma Har’el Is Changing the Equation for Female Filmmakers," 4 Nov. 2019 But as Mahomes waited in the concourse outside the Chiefs' locker room with his brother and girlfriend, his teammates told reporters that Moore’s performance reassured them for the one or two more games before Mahomes’ return from rehab. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "'Them boys was lights out': Chiefs size up Matt Moore's start in place of Patrick Mahomes," 28 Oct. 2019 Affleck's struggles with sobriety have been all but private: The Batman star first checked into rehab in 2001, followed by a stint in 2017, and one in August 2018. Leah Groth,, "Ben Affleck's Relapse Shows How Difficult Alcoholism Recovery Really Is," 28 Oct. 2019

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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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23 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rehab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce rehab (audio) \

Medical Definition of rehab

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

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