rehabilitate

[ 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.

Origin of rehabilitate

1570–80; < Medieval Latin rehabilitātus, past participle of rehabilitāre to restore. See re-, habilitate
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Examples from the Web for rehabilitative

  • It means more of a fine or counseling or some sort of program where you don't end up in jail but in a rehabilitative program.

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British Dictionary definitions for rehabilitative

rehabilitate

/ (ˌriːəˈbɪlɪˌteɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

rehabilitate

[ rē′hə-bĭlĭ-tāt′ ]

v.

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•tation n.re′ha•bili•ta′tive adj.
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