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 Minor-league coach Webster Garrison, who has just started rehab after spending more than two months in the hospital with COVID-19, was not furloughed, nor was scouting supervisor Scott Kidd, who had a heart transplant in January. Susan Slusser,, "A’s drawing criticism for decision to stop paying minor-leaguers," 28 May 2020 After his discharge and rehab, Johnson spent some time knocking on doors in Nashville. al, "Alabama native Derek Johnson cracks country charts," 26 May 2020 She's been back and forth between the hospital and rehab many times since then. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: HOA president dealing with extra agitated callers and complaints," 24 May 2020 During the pandemic, many rehabs and detoxes have closed. Tiana Reid, The New York Review of Books, "My Quarantine: More Time Now?," 21 May 2020 After a grueling rehab, Parker returned to the floor in late November of the 2017-18 campaign. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Top 10 Spurs moments: Honorable mentions," 20 May 2020 No coaches or players, other than those undergoing rehab, can return to the facility until all 32 teams are cleared by local and state guidelines. David Moore, Dallas News, "'We’ll do it the right way’: Donning a mask and gloves, Jerry Jones, limited group of employees return to Cowboys’ offices," 20 May 2020 Her return to snow happened in June 2019, following more than a year of rehab and eight surgeries on a troublesome left ankle. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage snowboarder Rosie Mancari embraces her new normal, which looks more and more like her old normal," 20 May 2020 Prado, who goes to Kettle Moraine High School, is a CNA at Dousman's Three Pillars Senior Living Communities, in the center's rehab area. Alec Johnson,, "Nurses, volunteers, grocery store workers: How these high school seniors are responding during the coronavirus pandemic," 19 May 2020

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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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1 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rehab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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