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

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When Buxton suffered a setback during his rehab assignment last week, there was no timetable for his return. Dana Gauruder, Twin Cities, "Twins report: Buxton slowly working his way back into the lineup," 2 Sep. 2019 Short hops Roberts said outfielder Alex Verdugo is scheduled to go on a rehab assignment with rookie-level Ogden on Sunday. Los Angeles Times, "Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen struggle as Dodgers lose third straight," 31 Aug. 2019 The outfielder just resumed his rehab assignment a week ago. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Important piece missing from team; Martini gets start as part of lefty lineup," 31 Aug. 2019 Jones played four games on his injury rehab assignment with the Mud Hens, going 7-for-16. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' JaCoby Jones returns to leadoff spot in lineup after injury rehab," 19 July 2019 Once the area finally calmed down, Stanton began a minor league rehab assignment where another setback occurred: He was plunked in the knee by a pitch. Bob Klapisch, New York Times, "Giancarlo Stanton Returns, as the Yankees Restock Their Offense," 18 June 2019 The singer-actress, who entered rehab in 2010, struggled with an eating disorder, self-mutilation and other issues. Mesfin Fekadu, The Seattle Times, "Pop star Demi Lovato reportedly hospitalized in Los Angeles," 24 July 2018 His useless sister Laurie (Tina Benko) is an addict whose 16-year-old daughter, Tess, turns up on Lionel’s doorstep in need of some emergency parenting while her mom tries to sort herself out in rehab. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Movies Take On Limbaugh, Levin, et al.," 21 Aug. 2019 Manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto could pitch for the Giants around Sept. 8 after two rehab starts for Triple-A Sacramento. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Bruce Bochy provides estimate of Johnny Cueto’s return," 20 Aug. 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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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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