To rebound is to come back from a slump. You might rebound from an illness, or your country might rebound from an economic recession.

Like many words that start with the prefix re, rebound involves something happening again. In this case, to rebound is to bounce back to a previous state or condition. If you gain 20 pounds and then lose it, you rebound. If the stock market crashes and then returns to a healthy level, it rebounds.

Definitions of rebound

v spring back; spring away from an impact

bounce, bound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop
kick, kick back, recoil
spring back, as from a forceful thrust
bound off, skip
bound off one point after another
rebound after hitting
Type of:
bound, jump, leap, spring
move forward by leaps and bounds

v return to a former condition

Type of:
go back, recover, recuperate
regain a former condition after a financial loss

n a movement back from an impact

backlash, recoil, repercussion
bounce, bouncing
rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)
resilience, resiliency
an occurrence of rebounding or springing back
carom, ricochet
a glancing rebound
Type of:
motion, movement
a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something

n the act of securing possession of the rebounding basketball after a missed shot

Type of:
catch, grab, snap, snatch
the act of catching an object with the hands

n a reaction to a crisis or setback or frustration

“he is still on the rebound from his wife's death”
Type of:
reaction, response
a bodily process occurring due to the effect of some antecedent stimulus or agent

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