- 1rebuild something to build or put something together again After the earthquake, the people set about rebuilding their homes. He rebuilt the engine using parts from cars that had been scrapped. See related entries: Construction
- 2rebuild something to make something/somebody complete and strong again When she lost her job, she had to rebuild her life completely. attempts to rebuild the shattered post-war economy After the divorce, it took me a long time to rebuild my confidence. Extra examples She was just beginning to rebuild her life. The hall had to be completely rebuilt after the fire. The international community must step in to help rebuild the country. The whole structure was virtually rebuilt. It could take ten years for the area to completely rebuild after the hurricane.
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈbɪld//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈbɪld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they rebuild
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈbɪld//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈbɪld//he / she / it rebuilds
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈbɪldz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈbɪldz//past simple rebuilt
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈbɪlt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈbɪlt//past participle rebuilt
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈbɪlt//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈbɪlt//-ing form rebuilding
BrE BrE//ˌriːˈbɪldɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːˈbɪldɪŋ//Construction