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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Throughout his rehab assignment, Tillman has struggled against minor league hitting, posting a 7.59 ERA in five starts. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles notes: Chris Tillman a possibility for Sunday start against Rangers," 14 July 2018 In Town Opposing team’s often bring major leaguers on injury rehab assignments to Hartford, where the facilities are so close to major league caliber. Dom Amore,, "Top Prospects, Hall-Of-Famers' Sons, And Tim Tebow: Highlights From The First Half Of The Yard Goats' Season," 8 July 2018 Whether Delgado can return to that level of effectiveness remains to be seen; scouts who saw him pitch during his most recent rehab assignment said the quality of his stuff fluctuated from outing to outing. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks outfielder Jon Jay opening eyes with sliding catches," 6 July 2018 Expect Drew VerHagen to return from a nasal fracture after another rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers takeaways: How adding Jim Adduci impacts James McCann," 3 July 2018 Garrett Cooper, their Opening Day right-fielder, is progressing well in his rehab assignment in Triple-A and could be back in Miami before the All-Star break. Craig Davis,, "Marlins' young pitchers impress early, hitting prospects not ready for prime time," 1 July 2018 In what could be his final test before rejoining the Dodgers rotation, Rich Hill is scheduled to pitch a rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill to test blister in rehab assignment," 14 June 2018 On the mountain near where he was found, after time at a rehab center, the eagle emerged from the carton. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "A once-weakened bald eagle is released four days after the Fourth," 10 July 2018 The films have focused on drug marketing, prescribing doctors, border patrol agents, drug rehab centers, wrecked families, traffickers and soaring addiction rates in small towns from Vermont to Kentucky. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Documentary films explore the despair of America's heroin and opioid epidemic," 6 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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