verb (used with object), re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
verb (used without object), re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
Origin of rehabilitate
Synonyms for rehabilitate
Word Origin for rehabilitate
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.