[ ree-bild ]
/ riˈbɪld /

verb (used with object), re·built or (Archaic) re·build·ed; re·build·ing.

to repair, especially to dismantle and reassemble with new parts: to rebuild an old car.
to replace, restrengthen, or reinforce: to rebuild an army.
to revise, reshape, or reorganize: to rebuild a shattered career.

verb (used without object), re·built or (Archaic) re·build·ed; re·build·ing.

to build again or afresh: With the insurance money we can rebuild.

Nearby words

  1. rebreathing,
  2. rebreathing anesthesia,
  3. rebreathing technique,
  4. rebroadcast,
  5. rebuff,
  6. rebuke,
  7. rebus,
  8. rebus sic stantibus,
  9. rebut,
  10. rebuttal

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rebuilding


/ (riːˈbɪld) /

verb -builds, -building or -built

to make, construct, or form againthe cost of rebuilding the house
(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 rebuilding



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

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