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rehab

[ree-hab]Informal.
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. a rehabilitated building.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to rehabilitation: funds for new rehab projects in the city.
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verb (used with object), re·habbed, re·hab·bing.
  1. to rehabilitate.
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Origin of rehab

by shortening
Related formsre·hab·ber, noun
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Related Words for rehab

regimen, therapy, rehabilitation, analysis, care, cure, diet, healing, medication, medicine, operation, prescription, remedy, surgery, hospitalization, therapeutics

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British Dictionary definitions for rehab

rehab

noun
  1. short for rehabilitation
  2. treatment for drink or drug addiction
  3. 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.

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rehab in Medicine

rehab

(rēhăb′)
n.
  1. Rehabilitation.
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