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.
- re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion, noun
- re·ha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjective
- re·ha·bil·i·ta·tor, noun
- non·re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion, noun
- non·re·ha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjective
- un·re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, adjective
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How to use rehabilitate in a sentence
The center had rehabilitated eaglets before and had recently released one back into the wild with apparent success.
On the eve of the dedication of his presidential library, can George W. Bush be rehabilitated?
In the process of winning his second championship ring James may finally have rehabilitated his public image.
When the war ended, those workers were rehabilitated for the labor market.The Federal Government Should Hire the Long-Term Unemployed | Megan McArdle | March 8, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The voters rehabilitated a politician who has become a clown, an orange pancake-faced caricature of a demagogue.The United States Can’t Insulate Itself From Euro Politics | Robert Shrum | February 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Here life rehabilitated itself, became wonderful and glorious; and I was glad to be alive.Revolution and Other Essays | Jack London
The character of the Templars is not rehabilitated by condemning the conduct of the King and Pope.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements | Nesta H. Webster
The witch of history is gone, and can never be rehabilitated—would that superstition had died with her.Irish Witchcraft and Demonology | St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
The aristocracy has to be rehabilitated in the face of a very strong force of the third estate.Parisians in the Country | Honore de Balzac
She greeted Pippin pleasantly, admired the rehabilitated potato knife, thought his must be a pleasant trade in summer weather.Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for rehabilitate
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
- rehabilitative, adjective
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