There are 2 main definitions of rebound in English:


Syllabification: re·bound


Pronunciation: /rəˈbound
, ˈrēˌbound
[no object]
1Bounce back through the air after hitting a hard surface or object: his shot hammered into the post and rebounded across the goal
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  • He careered towards the hard shoulder, rebounded and collided with the central reservation.
  • Keeping the momentum going Thomas was again unlucky as his drop goal attempt rebounded off the post.
  • She rebounded off the surprisingly hard girl and landed on the floor with a muted cry.
bounce, bounce back, spring back, ricochet, boomerang, carom
1.1 [no object] Recover in value, amount, or strength after a previous decrease or decline: NASDAQ rebounded to show a twenty-point gain
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  • This delayed breeding results in low productivity, making it harder for the population to rebound from declines.
  • DDT caused their numbers to plummet in the second half of the 20th century, and populations rebounded only after the chemical was banned.
  • During the second half of the 20th Century, populations rebounded, and Common Ravens are returning to much of their former range.
recover, rally, pick up, make a recovery
1.2 [no object] (rebound on/upon) (Of an event or situation) have an unexpected adverse consequence for (someone, especially the person responsible for it): Nicholas’s tricks are rebounding on him
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  • Their internal structures and culture may militate against economic success, but the consequences rebound on us.
  • I'll stick on the safe side, keep to those superstitions with which I have grown up and those I have more lately adopted, and hope that none of the gentle fun I have poked at the evil eye rebounds on me.
  • And the violence inevitably rebounds on Palestinian society.
backfire, boomerang, have unwelcome repercussions;
come back to haunt
archaic redound on
1.3 [no object] Basketball Gain possession of a missed shot after it bounces off the backboard or basket rim.
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  • Ranking in the top five this season in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots, field goal percentage, and minutes played are the statistical proof of Jackson's statement.
  • Cato ranked second on the Rockets in rebounding and blocked shots.
  • His size hurts him at times, but he still blocked shots and rebounded effectively.


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌbound
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1(In sporting contexts) a ball or shot that bounces back after striking a hard surface: he blasted the rebound into the net
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  • He turns misses into points by rebounding the ball, by deflecting rebounds to a teammate or with a well-timed putback.
  • Cook fought hard for available rebounds and averaged 10 a game for the tournament.
  • York made a lively start with Colin Moore netting a rebound after the ball had bounced back off the keeper's legs from a short corner.
1.1 Basketball A recovery of possession of a missed shot.
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  • I can not count how many times I have seen guys miss rebounds because they had to bring their hands from their sides.
  • Victor Khryapa, who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, missed a three-point attempt on Russia's last possession.
  • Duncan had 13 points and nine rebounds, missing four of his seven free-throw attempts.
1.2An instance of increasing in value, amount, or strength after a previous decline: they revealed a big rebound in profits for last year
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  • Some companies have the courage and capital to spend during a slump in order to reap bigger profits when the rebound comes
  • This was a rebound from its biggest one day decline in almost a year.
  • A rebound in consumer spending increased demand for imported products in the world's largest economy.
1.3 [usually as modifier] The recurrence of a medical condition, especially after withdrawal of medication: rebound hypertension
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  • Other medications that commonly cause rebound headaches include these.
  • Beta-blocker therapy must be discontinued gradually over five to 10 days to avoid rebound angina or hypertension.
  • Finally, critical rebound phenomena after withdrawal with a threatening pulmonary hypertension did not occur.


late Middle English: from Old French rebondir, from re- 'back' + bondir 'bounce up'.


on the rebound

Still affected by the emotional distress caused by the ending of a romantic or sexual relationship: I was on the rebound when I met Jack
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  • The things you put in your basket tells whether you are single, divorced, widowed, in love, on the rebound, or the head of a traditional family of six kids under the age of ten.
  • ‘I hope you're not on the rebound from James,’ Mark said sternly.
  • Maybe he's just on the rebound or something.

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There are 2 main definitions of rebound in English:


Syllabification: re·bound
Pronunciation: /rēˈbound
Past and past participle of rebind.

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