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rehabilitate

[ree-huh-bil-i-teyt, ree-uh-]
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verb (used with object), re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
  1. to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work, or the like.
  2. to restore to good condition, operation, or management, as a bankrupt business.
  3. to reestablish the good reputation of (a person, one's character or name, etc.).
  4. to restore formally to former capacity, standing, rank, rights, or privileges.
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verb (used without object), re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
  1. to undergo rehabilitation.
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Origin of rehabilitate

1570–80; < Medieval Latin rehabilitātus, past participle of rehabilitāre to restore. See re-, habilitate
Related formsre·ha·bil·i·ta·tion, nounre·ha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjectivere·ha·bil·i·ta·tor, nounnon·re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion, nounnon·re·ha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjectiveun·re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, adjective

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Related Words

restorerejuvenatereinvigoraterebuildrecoverrefurbishsavemendreconstructreestablishreclaimimprovereintegrateconvertreformclearredeemrenewrestitutereinstate

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  • They advised him to inform the Entente, in order to rehabilitate himself.

  • What I'm thinking about is how they're going to rehabilitate it.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • This lady was untiring in her efforts to reclaim and rehabilitate the fallen of her sex.

  • My only chance to rehabilitate myself is to get the third set of plans to Berlin.

    The Dark Star

    Robert W. Chambers

  • And she had hoped somehow to rehabilitate herself in the eyes of the world.

    Jennie Gerhardt

    Theodore Dreiser


British Dictionary definitions for rehabilitate

rehabilitate

verb (tr)
  1. to help (a person who has acquired a disability or addiction or who has just been released from prison) to readapt to society or a new job, as by vocational guidance, retraining, or therapy
  2. to restore to a former position or rank
  3. to restore the good reputation of
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Derived Formsrehabilitative, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin rehabilitāre to restore, from re- + Latin habilitās skill, ability
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

Word Origin and History for rehabilitate

v.

1570s, "to bring back to a former condition after decay or damage," back-formation from rehabilitation and in part from Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare. Meaning "to restore one's reputation or character in the eyes of others" is from 1847. Related: Rehabilitated; rehabilitating.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rehabilitate in Medicine

rehabilitate

(rē′hə-bĭlĭ-tāt′)
v.
  1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
  2. To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.
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Related formsre′ha•bil′i•tation n.re′ha•bili•ta′tive adj.
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