November 09, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
rehabilitate /ˌriːjəˈbɪləˌteɪt/ verb
rehabilitate
/ˌriːjəˈbɪləˌteɪt/
verb

rehabilitates; rehabilitated; rehabilitating

The doctor is helping the patient rehabilitate her injured leg.
The doctor is helping the patient rehabilitate her injured leg.
Learner's definition of REHABILITATE

1 : to bring (someone or something) back to a normal, healthy condition after an illness, injury, drug problem, etc.

[+ object]

  • The clinic rehabilitates drug addicts.

  • He's still rehabilitating the knee he injured last summer.

  • They try to rehabilitate horses that have suffered injuries.

[no object]

  • She's still rehabilitating [=recovering ] from her ankle injury.

2 [+ object] : to teach (a criminal in prison) to live a normal and productive life

  • The program is intended to rehabilitate criminals.

3 [+ object] : to bring (someone or something) back to a good condition : RESTORE

  • The country has rehabilitated its image since the war.

  • The city plans to rehabilitate its slum areas.

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