- to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work, or the like.
- to restore to good condition, operation, or management, as a bankrupt business.
- to reestablish the good reputation of (a person, one's character or name, etc.).
- to restore formally to former capacity, standing, rank, rights, or privileges.
- to undergo rehabilitation.
Origin of rehabilitate
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Examples from the Web for rehabilitate
"I did all the work to get my fastball back, to rehabilitate my shoulder," he says.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
To rehabilitate his battered public image, he needs to do more than take selfies on the steps of City Hall.Can De Blasio Be Less Blah? The Mayor Who Needs a Makeover
March 21, 2014
This is clearly a step by Zimmerman to rehabilitate his image so he can hopefully profit off his fame down the line.George Zimmerman Wants to Profit Off Trayvon Martin’s Death
February 5, 2014
The only good news for Rubio is that his immigration gambit occurred early enough for him to rehabilitate and recover.Six Events From 2013 That Will Affect the 2016 White House Race
December 18, 2013
Punishment should be enough to deter, to punish, and in the case of incorrigibles, to rehabilitate.Some Things Are Beyond Punishment
June 25, 2013
They advised him to inform the Entente, in order to rehabilitate himself.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1
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.Monte-Cristo's Daughter
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
- 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
- to restore to a former position or rank
- to restore the good reputation of
Word Origin and History for rehabilitate
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.
- To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
- To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.