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rehabilitate

[ree-huh-bil-i-teyt, ree-uh-] /ˌri həˈbɪl ɪˌteɪt, ˌri ə-/
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 of rehabilitate
1570-1580
1570-80; < Medieval Latin rehabilitātus, past participle of rehabilitāre to restore. See re-, habilitate
Related forms
rehabilitation, noun
rehabilitative, adjective
rehabilitator, noun
nonrehabilitation, noun
nonrehabilitative, adjective
unrehabilitated, adjective
Synonyms
2. salvage, restore, recondition, reconstruct, refurbish.
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  • I do not ask you to take it upon yourself to rehabilitate me in your own estimation.

    Out of the Ashes Ethel Watts Mumford
  • They advised him to inform the Entente, in order to rehabilitate himself.

  • It did not seem so bad; if Chicoutimi was no worse he could live there well enough till he could rehabilitate himself.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
  • My only chance to rehabilitate myself is to get the third set of plans to Berlin.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • This lady was untiring in her efforts to reclaim and rehabilitate the fallen of her sex.

British Dictionary definitions for rehabilitate

rehabilitate

/ˌriːəˈbɪlɪˌteɪt/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
rehabilitative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin rehabilitāre to restore, from re- + Latin habilitās skill, ability
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Word Origin and History for rehabilitate
v.

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.

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rehabilitate in Medicine

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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