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English definition of “rehabilitate”


verb [T]    /ˌri·həˈbɪl·ɪˌteɪt, ˌri·ə-/ (-bb-) (short form rehab,  /ˈriˌhæb/)
to return someone to a healthy or usual condition or way of living , or to return something to good condition : The aim is to rehabilitate the prisoners so that they can lead productive lives when they are released . That builder rehabilitates older housing which he then sells for a profit . rehabilitation    /ˌri·həˌbɪl·əˈteɪ·ʃən, ˌri·ə-/ noun [U] (short form rehab,  /ˈriˌhæb/) How much rehabilitation will your knee require ?
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