Meaning of “rehabilitate” in the English Dictionary

"rehabilitate" in British English

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rehabilitateverb [ T ]

uk /ˌriː.həˈbɪl.ɪ.teɪt/ us /ˌriː.həˈbɪl.ə.teɪt/

to return someone to a good, healthy, or normal life or condition afterthey have been in prison, been very ill, etc.:

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).

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 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
noun [ U ] us /ˌri·həˌbɪl·əˈteɪ·ʃən, ˌri·ə-/ short form rehab, /ˈriˌhæb/

How much rehabilitation will your knee require?

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