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rehabilitate Line breaks: re|habili|tate
Pronunciation: /riːhəˈbɪlɪteɪt/

Definition of rehabilitate in English:


[with object]
1Restore (someone) to health or normal life by training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness: helping to rehabilitate former criminals
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  • Steps should be taken to restore peace, rehabilitate the affected persons and to create confidence and sense of security among them.
  • Primary health care is a patient's first point of contact with the health-care system and includes promoting health, preventing disease, and treating and rehabilitating patients.
  • All the patients were rehabilitated according to a modern protocol, permitting immediate full weight bearing and full range of motion.
restore to health/normality, reintegrate, readapt, retrain
North American informal rehab
pardon, absolve, exonerate, exculpate, forgive
1.1Restore (someone) to former privileges or reputation after a period of disfavour: with the fall of the government many former dissidents were rehabilitated
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  • More recently the Victorian tycoon's reputation has been rehabilitated.
  • Some people might be asking is this an attempt for you to try to rehabilitate your reputation?
  • Reputations are rehabilitated or discredited.
1.2Return (something, especially a building or environmental feature) to its former condition: the campaign aims to rehabilitate the river’s flood plain
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  • The military has even been called in to assist in environmental cleanup, promote wildlife conservation, rehabilitate public housing, rebuild bridges, and aid in other community projects.
  • In just five years' time, he's whittled down the amount he owes on a $150,000 loan, taken out to rehabilitate his first building, to $58,000.
  • The developer originally applied for tax credits for rehabilitating a historic building, but the credits came with a stipulation that the original plastered ceilings and walls be preserved.
recondition, restore, renew, renovate, refurbish, revamp, make over, make fit for habitation/use, overhaul, develop, redevelop, convert, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel;
modernize, update, bring up to date, bring into the twenty-first century;
informal do up


Late 16th century (earlier ( late 15th century) as rehabilitation) (in the sense 'restore to former privileges'): from medieval Latin rehabilitat-, from the verb rehabilitare (see re-, habilitate).



Example sentences
  • He has shown to be violent and he is not a good candidate for reform or rehabilitation.
  • The day before my transfer to rehabilitation, I had a second stroke, this time on my right side.
  • Any expected improvement could come only from rehabilitation and physiotherapy.


Pronunciation: /riːhəˈbɪlɪtətɪv/
Example sentences
  • He said one of the key objectives would be the prevention of diseases along with curative and rehabilitative service.
  • However, the physical presence of the mother is recommended as part of the rehabilitative efforts undertaken for the child, since it is believed that she is the best teacher, though she may not be technically qualified.
  • The persistent offender scheme is devised to catch, convict and provide effective rehabilitative support to these most prolific offenders.

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