rehabilitate

verb
re·ha·bil·i·tate | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈbi-lə-ˌtāt , ˌrē-hə- \
rehabilitated; rehabilitating

Definition of rehabilitate 

transitive verb

1a : to restore to a former capacity : reinstate

b : to restore to good repute : reestablish the good name of

2a : to restore to a former state (as of efficiency, good management, or solvency) rehabilitate slum areas

b : to restore or bring to a condition of health or useful and constructive activity

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Other words from rehabilitate

rehabilitation \ˌrē-ə-ˌbi-lə-ˈtā-shən, ˌrē-hə- \ noun
rehabilitative \ˌrē-ə-ˈbi-lə-ˌtā-tiv, ˌrē-hə- \ adjective
rehabilitator \ˌrē-ə-ˈbi-lə-ˌtā-tər, ˌrē-hə- \ noun

Synonyms for rehabilitate

Synonyms

cure, fix, heal, mend, set up

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Examples of rehabilitate in a Sentence

The clinic rehabilitates drug addicts. He's still rehabilitating the knee he injured last summer. They try to rehabilitate horses that have suffered injuries. The program is intended to rehabilitate criminals. The country has rehabilitated its image since the war. The city plans to rehabilitate its slum areas.
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Haarhoff acts for a non-profit group founded by American philanthropist Greg Carr that is collaborating with Mozambique’s government to rehabilitate Gorongosa National Park, a rich ecosystem whose animals are recovering after war and poaching. Washington Post, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 Haarhoff acts for a non-profit group founded by American philanthropist Greg Carr that is collaborating with Mozambique's government to rehabilitate Gorongosa National Park, a rich ecosystem whose animals are recovering after war and poaching. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "Coffee and conservation: Mozambique tries both on a mountain," 11 July 2018 He is known for high-profile downtown development projects such as rehabilitating the Maverick apartment building and constructing the Acequia Lofts at Hemisfair. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Downtown developer buys nonprofit headquarters on near West Side," 2 July 2018 Don't keep wild animals as pets, or attempt to rehabilitate a wild animal. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan health officials see uptick in bats with rabies," 3 July 2018 Plans are also being developed by the Waukegan Housing Authority to rehabilitate Barwell Manor Homes, a public-housing complex on the city's south side, Cunningham said. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Petition calls for Waukegan mayor to restart talks with South Sheridan Road developer," 3 July 2018 Since Khosrowshahi took over Uber in August, the CEO has been on a road show of sorts, trying to rehabilitate Uber’s image. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Uber wins the right to keep operating in London," 26 June 2018 Pioneer partnered with The McGregor Company and others to rehabilitate the town’s grocery, renovating the building to house the town’s library, meeting space and historical displays focusing on the town. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Rural telecom companies go beyond offering telephone and broadband," 24 June 2018 Solitary confinement was the concept used to rehabilitate criminals during the 19th century. Ed Condran, courant.com, "Philadelphia Emerges As Colorful Travel Destination," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of rehabilitate

circa 1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rehabilitate

Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare, from Latin re- + Late Latin habilitare to habilitate

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rehabilitate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rehabilitate

: to bring (someone or something) back to a normal, healthy condition after an illness, injury, drug problem, etc.

: to teach (a criminal in prison) to live a normal and productive life

: to bring (someone or something) back to a good condition

rehabilitate

transitive verb
re·ha·bil·i·tate | \ ˌrē-(h)ə-ˈbil-ə-ˌtāt \
rehabilitated; rehabilitating

Medical Definition of rehabilitate 

: to restore or bring to a condition of health or useful and constructive activity rehabilitate patients with hip fractures

rehabilitate

transitive verb
re·ha·bil·i·tate | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈbi-lə-ˌtāt, ˌrē-hə- \
rehabilitated; rehabilitating

Legal Definition of rehabilitate 

1 : to restore to a former capacity specifically : to restore credibility to (a witness or testimony) the State simply brought out all of the prior statements to qualify or explain the inconsistency and to rehabilitate the witness People v. Page, 550 N.E.2d 248 (1990) — compare impeach

Note: A witness whose trial testimony is inconsistent with his or her pretrial usually sworn statements is considered impeached. Such a witness may be rehabilitated usually on redirect examination. There are various state and federal evidentiary rules governing what evidence (as character evidence) is admissible to rehabilitate a witness.

2a : to restore to a former state (as of good repair or solvency) if the debtor wishes to liquidate rather than reorganize or rehabilitate the farming operation —J. H. Williamson

b : to restore (as a convicted criminal defendant) to a useful and constructive place in society through therapy, job training, and other counseling

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rehabilitation \-ˌbi-lə-ˈtā-shən \ noun

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