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[ree-bild] /riˈbɪld/
verb (used with object), rebuilt or (Archaic) rebuilded; rebuilding.
to repair, especially to dismantle and reassemble with new parts:
to rebuild an old car.
to replace, restrengthen, or reinforce:
to rebuild an army.
to revise, reshape, or reorganize:
to rebuild a shattered career.
verb (used without object), rebuilt or (Archaic) rebuilded; rebuilding.
to build again or afresh:
With the insurance money we can rebuild.
Origin of rebuild
1605-15; re- + build
Related forms
rebuildable, adjective
rebuildability, noun
rebuilder, noun
unrebuilt, adjective Unabridged
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  • Not everyone is qualified to repair or rebuild a chimney.
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  • People should be able to live there but no government support to rebuild.
  • Wright immediately vowed to rebuild the house, which was mostly in ruins.
  • He must compete with one of her old flames as he tries to rebuild their relationship.
  • Many of the partnerships created to help rebuild the country's higher-education system have not made much progress.
  • But the newspaper points out that the change will not apply to existing houses unless they expand or rebuild.
  • After couple of tries, they find themselves in the unhappy situation of having to rebuild around another major.
  • My friend was there trying to rebuild a broken country into a safe and stable nation.
  • Yet it will take the industry a long time to rebuild its credibility.
British Dictionary definitions for rebuild


verb -builds, -building, -built
to make, construct, or form again: the cost of rebuilding the house
(transitive) to restore (a system or situation) to a previous condition: his struggle to rebuild his life
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Word Origin and History for rebuild

c.1600 (implied in rebuilding), from re- "back, again" + build (v.). Related: Rebuilt.

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