Meaning of “rebound” in the English Dictionary

"rebound" in British English

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reboundverb [ I ]

uk /ˌriːˈbaʊnd/ us /ˌriːˈbaʊnd/

reboundnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈriː.baʊnd/ us /ˈriː.baʊnd/

the act of rebounding:

I hit the ball on the rebound (= after it had hit the wall or ground once).

in sports, a ball or puck (= small, round, hard object used in ice hockey) that becomes available after an unsuccessful attempt to score, or an occasion when this happens

in basketball, an occasion when a player successfully gets the ball after a shot (= attempt to score) has been missed:

Over three games he averaged 14.0 points and 8.7 rebounds.


(Definition of “rebound” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rebound" in American English

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reboundverb [ I ]

us /ˈri·bɑʊnd, rɪˈbɑʊnd/

to return to an earlier and better condition; improve:

Older athletes find it harder to rebound from injuries.

If a ball or other object rebounds, it bounces back after hitting a hard surface.

noun [ C/U ] us /ˈri·bɑʊnd/

[ U ] The artist is on the rebound from his midcareer slump.

(Definition of “rebound” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"rebound" in Business English

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reboundverb [ I ]

uk /rɪˈbaʊnd/ us

FINANCE if prices, shares, etc. rebound, they increase in value again after a period when they were going down in value:

Cotton rebounded from declines early in the day to end at a higher price.
Shares rebounded 18p to 379p yesterday.
rebound from $18/6.5p/2.6% etc. The group posted a profit last year of $24.8 million, rebounding from a loss of $10.9 million the previous year.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid as much as 53.64 to 5594.01, before rebounding to 5616.21.

ECONOMICS if an economy or a business activity rebounds, it improves after a difficult period of time:

Tourism in the region is expected to rebound after last year's disastrous oil spill.
Consumer confidence rebounded sharply in July, according to new figures released last week.
the economy/sales/business rebounds Since the most recent downturn, the economy has rebounded, with unemployment below average.
rebound from sth Shares have been rising for weeks amid speculation that the market for 18-wheel trucks is rebounding from a slump.

reboundnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈriːbaʊnd/ us

ECONOMICS an improvement in an economy or business activity after a difficult period of time:

Central bankers are still looking for signs of a rebound in a faltering economy.
The group reported a strong rebound in profitability in the first quarter.
a rebound from sth Commodities markets are currently staging a rebound from recent heavy losses.
a sharp/strong/significant/small rebound
be on the rebound

to be increasing in value or improving after being low or not very good:

Sales and membership are on the rebound again, since registration procedures were simplified two years ago.
February spending was on the rebound from a depressed January, when incomes fell a revised 0.5% instead of 0.4% amid severe weather conditions.

(Definition of “rebound” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)