[ ree-huh-bil-i-teyt, ree-uh- ]
/ ˌri həˈbɪl ɪˌteɪt, ˌri ə- /
verb (used with object), re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
to undergo rehabilitation.
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Origin of rehabilitate
re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion, nounre·ha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjectivere·ha·bil·i·ta·tor, nounnon·re·ha·bil·i·ta·tion, noun
non·re·ha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjectiveun·re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rehabilitative
/ (ˌriːəˈbɪlɪˌteɪt) /
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
Derived Formsrehabilitative, adjective
Word Origin for rehabilitate
C16: from Medieval Latin rehabilitāre to restore, from re- + Latin habilitās skill, ability
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Medicine definitions for rehabilitative
[ rē′hə-bĭl′ĭ-tāt′ ]
To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.
Related formsre′ha•bil′i•ta′tion n.re′ha•bil′i•ta′tive adj.
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