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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Other Words from rehab

rehab verb
rehabber \ ˈrē-​ˌha-​bər How to pronounce rehab (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 Tours start and end at the gift shop, which has more than paid for the care and rehab of the thousands of injured or sick chelonians that have come through the doors. Charles Graeber, Travel + Leisure, "The Florida Keys Are a Road Trip Favorite—But There’s More to These Islands Than Just Sand and Sun," 6 Mar. 2021 In the six to nine months that follow, the focus likely will be on bone and wound healing, followed by a recovery phase of physical therapy and rehab. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Bone breaking skin and possible infection are big issues in Tiger Woods’ comeback," 24 Feb. 2021 Over the next few weeks, Love will undergo treatment and rehab. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Kevin Love reaggravates calf strain, will be out at least three weeks," 29 Dec. 2020 The team said Tuesday that an MRI confirmed a calf strain and that Love will begin treatment and rehab and will not be reassessed for three to four more weeks. Tom Withers, ajc, "Cavaliers' Love to miss extended time with calf injury," 29 Dec. 2020 His mother, Jamie Schaible, started a GoFundMe campaign that helped cover his flight home and other costs until insurance began covering more of his physical therapy and rehab expenses in recent months. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two North County men to explore new sports with adaptive sports grants," 30 Mar. 2021 Last month, after years of chronic back pain and 12 months of frustratingly slow healing, Heeger’s steadfast rehab paid off. Los Angeles Times, "They were battling the psychological toll of the pandemic. Their therapist was, too," 26 Mar. 2021 Most of it has been spent in the trainer’s room or before games as part of the lengthy rehab process. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers may soon get answer they’ve been seeking all season: What does their fully healthy roster look like together?," 14 Mar. 2021 Zac Taylor was coy when questioned about Joe Burrow on Wednesday, but the Cincinnati Bengals head coach is encouraged with his quarterback’s rehab process thus far. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Bengals coach Zac Taylor: Joe Burrow's rehab is 'on pace' as free agency nears," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Rehab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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