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verb (used with object), re·built or (Archaic) re·build·ed; re·build·ing.
  1. to repair, especially to dismantle and reassemble with new parts: to rebuild an old car.
  2. to replace, restrengthen, or reinforce: to rebuild an army.
  3. to revise, reshape, or reorganize: to rebuild a shattered career.
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verb (used without object), re·built or (Archaic) re·build·ed; re·build·ing.
  1. to build again or afresh: With the insurance money we can rebuild.
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Origin of rebuild

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + build
Related formsre·build·a·ble, adjectivere·build·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·build·er, nounun·re·built, adjective
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Related Words for rebuilded

fix, build, reconstruct, overhaul, refurbish, patch, recondition, reassemble

Examples from the Web for rebuilded

Historical Examples of rebuilded

  • To come nearer home, I rebuilded this little St Barnabas' church of ours.

    Puck of Pook's Hill

    Rudyard Kipling

  • He had built new bridges by the dozens; purchased and rebuilded cars and locomotives by the hundreds.

  • Once, there at the beginning of the nineties, Grand Trunk made tentative offers for the control of the rebuilded property.

  • For we look to the bed as a refuge from our troubles, as a sanctuary wherein is rebuilded our strength.

    The Nervous Housewife

    Abraham Myerson

British Dictionary definitions for rebuilded


verb -builds, -building or -built
  1. to make, construct, or form againthe cost of rebuilding the house
  2. (tr) to restore (a system or situation) to a previous conditionhis struggle to rebuild his life
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Word Origin and History for rebuilded



c.1600 (implied in rebuilding), from re- "back, again" + build (v.). Related: Rebuilt.

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