rehab

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 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

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Pineda was signed to a two-year free agent deal worth $10 million, fully expected to rehab from Tommy John surgery for all of 2018. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Michael Pineda continues ascent as Twins edge Rangers, 7-4," 6 July 2019 Court records show Harris pleaded guilty and was sentenced to drug rehab. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Uber driver unknowingly takes part in armed robbery as getaway driver," 5 July 2019 Holed up in a corner room at the Howard Johnson's by Detroit Metro Airport, the kid was doing what most addicts do: having one last party before going back to rehab. Freep.com, "Livonia dad torments himself every day over his son's final hours," 16 June 2019 The intended effects might not bear out right away, and some of those cited and arrested under the policy might not stick to rehab. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Exclusive: Santa Clara County DA will stop filing charges in most minor drug cases," 13 June 2019 Dern played Amy Jellicoe, an executive whose on-the-job meltdown lands her in rehab and, upon her return to work, a low-level position that leads her to a more promising calling: whistleblower. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Laura Dern is the best part of ‘Big Little Lies’ right now," 24 June 2019 Dern played Amy Jellicoe, an executive whose on-the-job meltdown lands her in rehab and, upon her return to work, a low-level position that leads her to a more promising calling: whistleblower. Washington Post, "Laura Dern is the best part of ‘Big Little Lies’ right now," 24 June 2019 Estrada would need several weeks to get his pitch count up to start again, but could be available in the second half, along with lefty Sean Manaea (shoulder), who will either throw a simulated game or start a rehab assignment Tuesday. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s need starters just as Marco Estrada begins working way back," 22 June 2019 However, that doesn't mean that Elodie will 100 percent come back to Portland, especially since her dad wants to put her in rehab. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All the Questions We Need Answered in "Trinkets" Season 2," 17 June 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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rehab

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rehab

informal
: 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

rehab

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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