rehabilitate

If you have been in a bad accident or have an addiction problem, you may go away for a stretch of time to rehabilitate yourself or, in other words, bring yourself back to health.

Though we hear a lot about rehabilitation or "rehab" in the press in connection with drugs or alcohol, the word rehabilitate has a lot of other meanings. You can rehabilitate a building's structure by reinforcing it with steel beams, or rehabilitate your bad reputation by staying after school to help clean up the grounds.

DEFINITIONS OF: rehabilitate

1

v help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute

“The prisoner was successfully rehabilitated
“After a year in the mental clinic, the patient is now rehabilitated
Type of:
reconstruct, restore
return to its original or usable and functioning condition

v restore to a state of good condition or operation

Type of:
reconstruct, restore
return to its original or usable and functioning condition

v reinstall politically

“Deng Xiao Ping was rehabilitated several times throughout his lifetime”
Antonyms:
purge
oust politically
Type of:
reinstate
restore to the previous state or rank
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