rehabilitate [ree-h uh- bil-i-teyt, ree- uh-] Synonyms Word Origin 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
to restore. See
habilitate Related forms 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 Synonyms for rehabilitate
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British Dictionary definitions for unrehabilitated 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 rehabilitative, adjective Word Origin for rehabilitate
C16: from Medieval Latin
rehabilitāre to restore, from re- + Latin habilitās skill, ability
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Word Origin and History for unrehabilitated v.
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.
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unrehabilitated in Medicine rehabilitate [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 forms re′ha•bil′i•ta ′tion n. re′ha•bil ′i•ta′tive adj.
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