rehab

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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Other Words from rehab

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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Corey eventually went to rehab and moved into a sober living house, and Cheryl thought the nightmare was behind them — until the call came. Claire Galofaro, The Seattle Times, "Moms of the dead from drugs: “Where is the outrage for us?”," 29 Jan. 2019 In 1978, an ex-journalist investigating Synanon, a California drug rehab program that became a cult, was treated to a rattlesnake in his mailbox. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "Following Annapolis shooting, journalists contemplate angry readers, death threats and backlash," 29 June 2018 Alaskan Bush People’s Matt Brown returned to rehab for alcohol abuse in September. Megan Stein And Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Matt Brown Has Left Rehab," 10 Nov. 2018 Selena previously went to rehab in 2014, after another breakup from Justin Bieber. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Selena Gomez's Emotional Breakdown," 12 Oct. 2018 The next day, the actor was snapped inside of a car and was reportedly heading back to rehab. Fox News, "Ben Affleck's rumored gal pal Shauna Sexton reportedly visits star upon his return to rehab," 2 Oct. 2018 Finally cleared to rehab, Smith sustained a right elbow fracture that required surgery and forced him to miss the entire 2016 season. Maria Torres, kansascity, "The Royals’ rotation is falling apart. They may have found hope in another Rule 5 get," 11 July 2018 New Jersey police Officer Thomas McWain talked about his commitment to getting people who suffer from drug addiction to rehab, CBS Philadelphia said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "A police officer was making drug arrests — and making money, New Jersey authorities say," 3 July 2018 Injury updates: Starter Miguel Gonzalez returned to rehab at Triple-A Charlotte after having a setback in his recovery from right rotator cuff inflammation. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox's Leury Garcia eager to get some playing time at third base," 30 June 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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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 \

Medical Definition of rehab

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

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