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rehabilitateverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌriː.həˈbɪl.ɪ.teɪt/
to ​return someone to a good, ​healthy, or ​normallife or ​condition afterthey have been in ​prison, been very ​ill, etc.: The ​prisonservice should ​try to rehabilitate ​prisoners so that they can ​leadnormallives when they ​leaveprison. Physiotherapy is ​part of rehabilitating ​accidentvictims. After 20 ​years in ​officialdisgrace, she's been rehabilitated (= given a ​positivepublicimage again). to ​return something to a good ​condition: We need to ​replace or rehabilitate the ​bridge.
(Definition of rehabilitate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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rehabilitateverb [T]

 us   /ˌri·həˈbɪl·ɪˌteɪt, ˌri·ə-/ (-bb-) (short form rehab,  /ˈriˌhæb/ )
to ​return someone to a ​healthy or ​usualcondition or way of ​living, or to ​return something to good ​condition: The ​aim is to rehabilitate the ​prisoners so that they can ​leadproductivelives when they are ​released. That ​builder rehabilitates ​olderhousing which he then ​sells for a ​profit.
rehabilitation
noun [U]  us   /ˌri·həˌbɪl·əˈteɪ·ʃən, ˌri·ə-/ (short form rehab,  /ˈriˌhæb/ )
How much rehabilitation will ​yourkneerequire?
(Definition of rehabilitate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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