Rehabilitation is the act of restoring something to its original state, like the rehabilitation of the forest that had once been cleared for use as an amusement park.

The noun rehabilitation comes from the Latin prefix re-, meaning “again” and habitare, meaning “make fit.” When something falls in to disrepair and needs to be restored to a better condition, it needs rehabilitation. People seek rehabilitation after an accident or surgery to restore their strength, or to learn to live without drugs or other addictive substances or behaviors.

Definitions of rehabilitation
  1. noun
    the treatment of physical disabilities by massage and electrotherapy and exercises
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    type of:
    physiatrics, physical therapy, physiotherapy
    therapy that uses physical agents: exercise and massage and other modalities
  2. noun
    the restoration of someone to a useful place in society
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    correctional rehabilitation
    providing penal custody or probation or parole for convicted offenders
    physical rehabilitation, physical restoration, therapeutic rehabilitation
    providing help for disabled persons; the removal or reduction of disabilities
    vocational rehabilitation
    providing training in a specific trade with the aim of gaining employment
    type of:
    the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
  3. noun
    vindication of a person's character and the re-establishment of that person's reputation
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    type of:
    exoneration, vindication
    the act of vindicating or defending against criticism or censure etc.
  4. noun
    the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation
    synonyms: reclamation, renewal
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    re-afforestation, reforestation
    the restoration (replanting) of a forest that had been reduced by fire or cutting
    urban renewal
    the clearing and rebuilding and redevelopment of urban slums
    type of:
    the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
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