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rehabilitate

verb [T] uk   /ˌriː.həˈbɪl.ɪ.teɪt/ us  
to return someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state, or way of living: The prison service should try to rehabilitate prisoners so that they can lead normal lives when they leave prison. Physiotherapy is part of rehabilitating accident victims. After 20 years in official disgrace, she's been rehabilitated (= given a positive public image again).
rehabilitation
noun [U] uk   /-ˌbɪl.ɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  
a drug rehabilitation clinic the rehabilitation of derelict buildings
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