Definition of rehab in English:


Syllabification: re·hab
Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌhab


  • 1A course of treatment for drug or alcohol dependence, typically at a residential facility: the star has been in rehab for a week the success of rehab is entirely dependent on the patient’s commitment to the process
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    • He recalled his stint in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction back when he was in high school.
    • And weeks before launching a world tour, she goes into a drug and alcohol rehab center in Southern California.
    • He was the one who put her there, who admitted her into rehab for her drug addiction.
  • 1.1A course of treatment designed to reverse the debilitating effects of an injury: their best hitter has been in rehab since August
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    • The last stage of rehab from an injury combines a supervised exercise regime with dance classes, often with good results.
    • I use this bike every day to go to my rehab for a back injury and I really need it back.
    • He stutters and walks with a cane and is leaving for a rehab center to undergo physical therapy.
  • 2US A thing, especially a building, that has been rehabilitated or restored.
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    • A walk east of Tompkins Square Park reveals new businesses, new buildings, and rehabs fast replacing empty lots and former crack houses.
    • With air quality issues in restaurants among the many legislative battles operators face in the coming decade, dropping by the site before any rehabs, redesigns or openings seems like a wise move.
    • A contractor friend of ours who is now doing some rehab work in the house is telling us that the bedroom window is not legal.

verb (rehabs, rehabbing, rehabbed)

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  • Rehabilitate or restore: they don’t rehab you at all in jail (as adjective rehabbed) newly rehabbed apartments for rent
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    • When I was rehabbing my knees, I worked on my upper body.
    • She was already rehabbing a Manhattan town house.
    • After moving in, they plotted a seven-year remodeling plan, working on their own house in between Pick's jobs rehabbing a growing list of clients' homes.


1940s: abbreviation.

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