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Pronunciation: /rəˈbound/
[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/
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.


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.


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

  • bound from early 16th century:

    The word bound meaning to ‘leap’ and rebound (Late Middle English) are from French bondir ‘resound’, later ‘rebound’, which went back to Latin bombus ‘humming’, and is thus related to bomb. When a man is described as a bounder there is a connection with the slang term bounder for a four-wheeled cab (mid 19th century) which ‘bounded’ over rough roads causing discomfort. Bound (Middle English) in the sense boundary (early 17th century) is also from French but its ultimate history is unknown. Bound (Middle English) in the sense of ‘bound for, heading towards’ is from an Old Norse word; while bound (Late Middle English) in the sense of ‘under an obligation’ as in duty bound is simply a past form of bind.

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rebound 2

Pronunciation: /rēˈbound/
Past and past participle of rebind.
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