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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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  • They'll never grab any more Pictish land, any more than they'll ever rebuild Venarium.

    Beyond the Black River Robert E. Howard
  • We will rebuild the Chateau d'Hautecoeur, and we will pass the rest of our lives there.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Bishop Maurice began to rebuild the church in the following year, but it was two hundred years before it was completed.

    London Walter Besant
  • The first task was to rebuild the huts and move into them from their ships.

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • But on the following morning the rebels had retreated, leaving us to rebuild the bridge and cross at our leisure.

    Three Years in the Sixth Corps George T. Stevens
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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