rehabilitate

verb
re·​ha·​bil·​i·​tate | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈbi-lə-ˌtāt How to pronounce rehabilitate (audio) , ˌrē-hə- How to pronounce rehabilitate (audio) \
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

rehabilitative \ ˌrē-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce rehabilitative (audio) , ˌrē-​hə-​ How to pronounce rehabilitative (audio) \ adjective
rehabilitator \ ˌrē-​ə-​ˈbi-​lə-​ˌtā-​tər How to pronounce rehabilitator (audio) , ˌrē-​hə-​ How to pronounce rehabilitator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for rehabilitate

Synonyms

habilitate, reclaim, redeem, reform, regenerate

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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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Robinson described working to rehabilitate people who had been made paraplegics by gun violence. Washington Post, "Amid bitter divisions on gun control in Virginia, moments of understanding," 10 July 2019 Eventually, these ideas may be swallowed up by the bigger tech companies looking to rehabilitate their own recommendation algorithms. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Escape Crappy News Recommendation Algorithms With the Gem App," 8 July 2019 Our goal is to rehabilitate with the intent to release back into the wild. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "ExxonMobil partners with Houston area nonprofits, provides internships for students," 8 July 2019 In June the Maryland Department of Transportation and SHA began a $3.6 million project to rehabilitate the U.S. 1 bridge over the Gunpowder Falls and trail tunnel. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Parking restrictions on Belair Road near Gunpowder Falls State Park begin Wednesday," 2 July 2019 But Patrick Gire made it, and spent the next nine months rehabilitating. Sam Lounsberry, The Denver Post, "Expert Denver skydiver dies from complications stemming from Longmont parachuting crash," 26 June 2019 There is no way to maximize Fultz without putting reliable shooters around him, and Orlando is hoping to rehabilitate his value, acquiring him at a very palatable price (primarily, a top-20 protected first in next year's draft). Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Mock Draft 12.0: Trade Rumors and Final Projections," 20 June 2019 The district wants $25 million to rehabilitate the Lake Calumet dock wall and another $10 million for paving the roadway between the dock wall and the transit sheds, and the removal of old rail. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chicago’s international port looks for funds to improve its facilities and attract more shipping business," 3 June 2019 Jabak is negotiating a project with the World Bank to rehabilitate government hospitals and primary health care centers to improve public services, particularly for the poor. Sarah El Deeb, The Seattle Times, "Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions," 18 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce rehabilitate (audio) \
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- How to pronounce rehabilitate (audio) \
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

Other Words from rehabilitate

rehabilitation \ -​ˌbi-​lə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce rehabilitation (audio) \ noun

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