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[ree-hab] /ˈriˌhæb/ Informal.
rehabilitation, especially a program or facility for treating persons addicted to drugs or alcohol or recovering from certain medical conditions: He's been sober since coming out of rehab.
She checked into rehab after suffering a stroke.
a rehabilitated building.
of or relating to rehabilitation:
funds for new rehab projects in the city.
verb (used with object), rehabbed, rehabbing.
to rehabilitate.
Origin of rehab
by shortening
Related forms
rehabber, noun Unabridged
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  • But meanwhile the rehab Shop was taken over by officers of rank.

    The Machine That Saved The World William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • I had a rehab to finish, and I was the only one who understood how it had to be done.

  • The rehab is the violin of Palestine, and in appearance almost suggests to European eyes a dustpan and brush.

  • Yes, they probably stayed alive quite a while—or might, except for the rehab crew.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • The rehab Shop was equipped not only to recondition machines but to test them.

    The Machine That Saved The World William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for rehab


short for rehabilitation
treatment for drink or drug addiction
(NZ, informal) short for Rehabilitation Department
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Word Origin and History for rehab

1948 as a shortening of rehabilitation (originally of service members returning from World War II). As a verb in reference to houses, by 1975, short for rehabilitate. Related: Rehabbed; rehabbing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rehab in Medicine

rehab re·hab (rē'hāb')

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Slang definitions & phrases for rehab



: more work-release and rehab centers


Rehabilitation, esp of a drug addict, alcoholic, etc: After a few weeks' rehab they sent him back home (1948+)


To rehabilitate, esp a building, factory, etc: Williams has worked for minimum wage, rehabbing houses/ had to give up a sublease because the building was rehabbed (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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