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 The guys came in today and got some treatment, rehab and stuff like that. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Freddie Kitchens discusses Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway in Monday conference call: Transcript," 11 Nov. 2019 After a season with a record 30 players going on the injured list, Cashman said that the Yankees’ medical/training/rehab procedures were a focus this offseason. Kristie Ackert,, "Yankees announce Aaron Hicks to have Tommy John surgery, Masahiro Tanaka already had surgery to remove bone spurs," 24 Oct. 2019 After months of rehab and a full physical recovery, Conway left Washington, eventually moving to Chicago in the early 1980s to try his hand at trading commodities. Tim Requarth, Longreads, "The Final Five Percent," 22 Oct. 2019 In the wide-ranging interview, John spoke at length about going through rehab, writing his book, Russian censorship and much more. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Elton John Saw 'The Lion King' Remake, Didn't Love It: 'They Messed The Music Up'," 16 Oct. 2019 The Starship and Super Heavy are to be entirely reusable, so plenty of lessons learned will focus on rehab and restoration to flight. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Reveals SpaceX's New Starship, the Rocket Bound for Mars," 29 Sep. 2019 The first two are pretty well-covered: There is medical detox and rehab, and counseling and therapy are thriving. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "A radical approach to confronting addiction puts human connection first," 19 Sep. 2019 No option sounds better than a healthy Staley to protect a quarterback coming off an ACL-rehab, year-long hiatus. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "How should 49ers fill in for Joe Staley at left tackle?," 16 Sep. 2019 Bergeron received a platelet-rich plasma shot in July, which knocked his rehab and training off-schedule by two weeks., "Patrice Bergeron," 10 Sep. 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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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rehab.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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