[ ree-huh-bil-i-teyt, ree-uh- ]
/ ˌri həˈbɪl ɪˌteɪt, ˌri ə- /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR rehabilitate
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Origin of rehabilitate
1570–80; <Medieval Latin rehabilitātus, past participle of rehabilitāre to restore. See re-, habilitate
OTHER WORDS FROM 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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How to use rehabilitate in a sentence
These essentials have been furnished by the rehabilitator of Vespucci with some audacity.The Letters of Amerigo Vespucci|Amerigo Vespucci
British Dictionary definitions for rehabilitate
/ (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 forms of rehabilitaterehabilitative, adjective
Word Origin for rehabilitate
C16: from Medieval Latin rehabilitāre to restore, from re- + Latin habilitās skill, ability
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