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. verb
    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
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    type of:
    reconstruct, restore
    return to its original or usable and functioning condition
  2. verb
    restore to a state of good condition or operation
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    type of:
    reconstruct, restore
    return to its original or usable and functioning condition
  3. verb
    reinstall politically
    “Deng Xiao Ping was rehabilitated several times throughout his lifetime”
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    Antonyms:
    purge
    oust politically
    type of:
    reinstate
    restore to the previous state or rank
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