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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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  • The remainder of the castle was rebuilt as a mansion in the 17th century.

  • Somewhere between 1267 and 1280 the Castle had been destroyed and rebuilt.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The nave and part of the central tower were also rebuilt in the Perpendicular style at the close of the fifteenth century.

  • His imagination constructed and levelled, and rebuilt and remade.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • They rebuilt much of the tower, and then set themselves to entirely rebuild the Norman nave, which was in great decay and ruin.

British Dictionary definitions for rebuilt


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 rebuilt



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

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