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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.
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
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. 2018

Related Words for rebuilt

built, mended, fixed, repaired

Examples from the Web for rebuilt

Contemporary Examples of rebuilt

Historical Examples of rebuilt

  • Somewhere between 1267 and 1280 the Castle had been destroyed and rebuilt.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • His imagination constructed and levelled, and rebuilt and remade.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • Houses and offices were being altered or repaired or rebuilt.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The countess took the advice, and Bradgate never was rebuilt.

  • There are few of their churches which have not been rebuilt.

    Aztec Land

    Maturin M. Ballou

British Dictionary definitions for rebuilt


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 rebuilt



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper