- 1 rehabilitate somebody to help someone to have a normal, useful life again after they have been very sick or in prison for a long time a unit for rehabilitating drug addicts
- 2rehabilitate somebody (as something) to begin to consider that someone is good or acceptable after a long period during which they were considered bad or unacceptable He played a major role in rehabilitating Magritte as an artist.
- 3 rehabilitate something to return a building or an area to its previous good condition Billions of dollars are being spent on rehabilitating inner-city areas.
NAmE//ˌriəˈbɪləˌteɪt//, NAmE//ˌrihəˈbɪləˌteɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rehabilitate
he / she / it rehabilitates
past simple rehabilitated
-ing form rehabilitating
rehabilitationjump to other results
NAmE//ˌriəˌbɪləˈteɪʃn//, NAmE//ˌrihəˌbɪləˈteɪʃn//noun [uncountable] a drug rehabilitation center the rehabilitation of the steel industry