Definition of rehabilitate
- rehabilitate slum areas
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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First Known Use: circa 1581See Words from the same year
: 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
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