rehabilitate

[ree-huh-bil-i-teyt, ree-uh-]
verb (used with object), rehabilitated, rehabilitating.
1.
to restore to a condition of good health, ability to work, or the like.
2.
to restore to good condition, operation, or management, as a bankrupt business.
3.
to reestablish the good reputation of (a person, one's character or name, etc.).
4.
to restore formally to former capacity, standing, rank, rights, or privileges.
verb (used without object), rehabilitated, rehabilitating.
5.
to undergo rehabilitation.

Origin:
1570–80; < Medieval Latin rehabilitātus, past participle of rehabilitāre to restore. See re-, habilitate

rehabilitation, noun
rehabilitative, adjective
rehabilitator, noun
nonrehabilitation, noun
nonrehabilitative, adjective
unrehabilitated, adjective


2. salvage, restore, recondition, reconstruct, refurbish.
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rehabilitate (ˌriːəˈbɪlɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
1.  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
2.  to restore to a former position or rank
3.  to restore the good reputation of
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin rehabilitāre to restore, from re- + Latin habilitās skill, ability]
 
reha'bilitative
 
adj

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rehabilitate re·ha·bil·i·tate (rē'hə-bĭl'ĭ-tāt')
v. re·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing, re·ha·bil·i·tates

  1. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.

  2. To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.


re'ha·bil'i·ta'tion n.
re'ha·bil'i·ta'tive adj.
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Example sentences
Cobb said he would oppose any effort to rehabilitate the stories and the house
  if it was not done in a critical way.
See photos of this legendary canine and find out how you can help honor his
  legacy of helping to rehabilitate other dogs.
These unnatural fires don't put themselves out and the lands don't rehabilitate
  themselves.
The rule of thumb for both researchers boils down to a simple formula: rescue,
  rehabilitate and return.
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