[ ree-bild ]
See synonyms for: rebuildrebuildingrebuilt on

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.

  1. to revise, reshape, or reorganize: to rebuild a shattered career.

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.

Origin of rebuild

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + build

Other words from rebuild

  • re·build·a·ble, adjective
  • re·build·a·bil·i·ty, noun
  • re·build·er, noun
  • un·re·built, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rebuild in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rebuild


/ (riːˈbɪld) /

verb-builds, -building or -built
  1. to make, construct, or form again: the cost of rebuilding the house

  2. (tr) to restore (a system or situation) to a previous condition: his struggle to rebuild his life

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012