Meaning of rehab in English:


Pronunciation /ˈriːhab/

Translate rehab into Spanish


  • 1informal mass noun A course of treatment for drug or alcohol dependence, typically at a residential facility.

    • ‘the star has been in rehab for a week’
    • ‘Mark went into rehab two years ago’
    • ‘the success of rehab is entirely dependent on the patient's commitment to the process’
    • ‘I don't think I could have lived the rest of my life clean without the rehab I went through.’
    • ‘The rehab was intense, but once I was home, I was back on-line.’
  • 2US informal A building that has been restored.

    • ‘a homeowner who discovers his rehab straddles the San Andreas fault’
    • ‘A walk east of Tompkins Square Park reveals new businesses, new buildings, and rehabs fast replacing empty lots and former crack houses.’
    • ‘With air quality issues in restaurants among the many legislative battles operators face in the coming decade, dropping by the site before any rehabs, redesigns or openings seems like a wise move.’
    • ‘A contractor friend of ours who is now doing some rehab work in the house is telling us that the bedroom window is not legal.’
    repair, repairing, fixing, mending, refurbishment, reconditioning, rehabilitation, rebuilding, reconstruction, remodelling, redecoration, revamping, revamp, makeover, overhaul
  • 3Australian, New Zealand, Canadian informal, historical mass noun Help given to reintroduce a person into civilian life after a period of military service, especially by a government department.

    • ‘he'd had to bum around for a few years before approaching the Rehab’
    • ‘by August 2004 soldiers' rehab days had dropped from 110 to 85 for men’
    • ‘Rehab had a little trouble in finding him a suitable job.’
    • ‘I can even apply for my rehab and crash out on my own.’
    • ‘I was living in Christchurch at different times, on Rehab for a while.’
    • ‘He'd never really thought of himself as a soldier or an ex-soldier even though he'd had two years of it before eventually going farming on rehab money.’
    • ‘The Rehab people were sympathetic to my request.’
    • ‘We lived on a rehab place, miles from town up a metal road.’

verbrehabs, rehabbing, rehabbed

[with object]informal North American
  • Rehabilitate or restore.

    • ‘they don't rehab you at all in jail’
    • ‘When I was rehabbing my knees, I worked on my upper body.’
    • ‘She was already rehabbing a Manhattan town house.’
    • ‘After moving in, they plotted a seven-year remodeling plan, working on their own house in between Pick's jobs rehabbing a growing list of clients' homes.’
    • ‘He's been rehabbing it for several weeks now and it looks like he stands to make a full recovery.’
    • ‘For instance, after twenty-five years, people in the Mattole River watershed have put in countless volunteer hours and rehabbed an elegant small river.’
    • ‘While many of Shaw's grand old homes and classic row houses have been rehabbed, the Woodson home, whose condition worsens by the day, awaits rescue.’
    • ‘My wrist is healed - they took the pins out - and I rehabbed it real hard before I began driving.’
    • ‘On his block, old housing was rehabbed, new housing was built.’
    • ‘He bought a one-story warehouse in 1986 and rehabbed it for office use.’
    • ‘The kitchen cabinets are rehabbed lockers used by factory workers.’
    • ‘There is a stone outbuilding next door in the process of being rehabbed.’
    • ‘The fact that he has rehabbed the fracture in his neck is not especially noteworthy - there wasn't much choice in that matter.’
    • ‘I bought the buildings and rehabbed them one by one.’
    • ‘Well, Boone has been quietly rehabbing and hopes to be back by September.’
    • ‘We have rehabbed 1,600 schools since the war ended, so to speak.’
    • ‘Blocks and blocks of homes are being rehabbed and spiffed up, which is breathing life into many once-forlorn districts of the city.’
    • ‘Glass-fiber reinforced concrete is frequently used for building facades - especially for rehabbing.’
    • ‘After surgery March 2, Wilson immediately began rehabbing, riding a stationary bike and doing exercises to maintain his core strength.’
    • ‘Have you had cases where a swimmer was unable to use his arms while rehabbing from injury and was only able to kick?’
    • ‘We decide to rehab this patch-worked apartment overlooking the Common.’
    restore to health, restore to normality, reintegrate, readapt, retrain
    recondition, restore, renew, renovate, refurbish, revamp, make over, make fit for habitation, make fit for use, overhaul, develop, redevelop, convert, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel


1930s (in rehab (sense 3 of the noun)): abbreviation of rehabilitate and rehabilitation.