- 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
Synonyms for rehabilitateSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for rehabilitationrepair, overhaul, recovery, reclamation, improvement, reconstruction, reformation
Examples from the Web for rehabilitation
Contemporary Examples of rehabilitation
As other prisoners took advantage of the rehabilitation programs offered, Lane and Opperud secretly planned an escape.How To Plan A Jailbreak
September 13, 2014
“I designed my own rehabilitation program—calisthenics, running and other exercises,” Bucca was quoted saying.The Flying New York Fireman Who Shined on 9/11
September 11, 2014
Despite bipartisan support, Congress has not been able to pass an extension of the rehabilitation program.Dysfunctional Congress Prepares to Claim Another Victim: Injured Veterans
July 23, 2014
Rehabilitation services from the Palestinian Authority focus on financial support for former prisoners.Palestinian Factions Made Peace in Israel’s Jails
April 24, 2014
State jails were for low-level offenders, [and they are] heavy on rehabilitation.Prison Reform is Bigger in Texas
April 12, 2014
Historical Examples of rehabilitation
It moved Burke to a desire for rehabilitation in her estimation.Within the Law
A vague idea of rehabilitation had entered the plan of their life.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
But this is later evidence given in the trial of Rehabilitation.The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories
One hundred dollars did I allow her for the rehabilitation of that dreary apartment.Dear Enemy
If Inger goes up for rehabilitation, it will be because he wants it.Legacy
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- the act or process of rehabilitating
- the treatment of physical disabilities by massage, electrotherapy, or exercises
- (as modifier)rehabilitation centre
- 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 for rehabilitate
1530s, from Middle French réhabilitation and directly from Medieval Latin rehabilitationem (nominative rehabilitatio) "restoration," noun of action from past participle stem of rehabilitare, from re- "again" (see re-) + habitare "make fit," from Latin habilis "easily managed, fit" (see able). Specifically of criminals, addicts, etc., from 1940.
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.
In politics, the restoration to favor of a political leader whose views or actions were formerly considered unacceptable. (Compare nonperson.)