An example of rehabilitate is to nurse a sick kitten back to health.
transitive verb-·tat·ed, -·tat·ing
- to restore to rank, privileges, or property which one has lost
- to restore the good name or reputation of; reinstate in good repute
- to put back in good condition; reestablish on a firm, sound basis
- to bring or restore to a normal or optimal state of health, constructive activity, etc. by medical treatment and physical or psychological therapy
- to prepare (a disabled person, an inmate, etc.) for useful employment or successful integration into society by counseling, training, etc.
Origin of rehabilitatefrom Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare, to restore: see re- and habilitate
transitive verbre·ha·bil·i·tat·ed, re·ha·bil·i·tat·ing, re·ha·bil·i·tates
- To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education: rehabilitate a patient; rehabilitate a prison inmate.
- To restore to good condition: rehabilitate a storefront; rehabilitate the economy.
- To cause to be regarded again in a positive way; reestablish esteem for: rehabilitate a reputation; rehabilitate a forgotten poet.
- To restore the former rank, privileges, or rights of: Under the new regime, party members who had been sent to prison were rehabilitated.
Origin of rehabilitateMedieval Latin rehabilitāre rehabilitāt- to restore to a former rank Latin re- re- Late Latin habilitāre to enable ; see habilitate .
(third-person singular simple present rehabilitates, present participle rehabilitating, simple past and past participle rehabilitated)
- To restore (someone) to their former state, reputation, possessions, status etc. [from 16th c.]
- To vindicate; to restore the reputation or image of (a person, concept etc.). [from 18th c.]
- To return (something) to its original condition. [from 19th c.]
- (North America) To restore or repair (a vehicle, building); to make habitable or usable again. [from 19th c.]
- To restore to (a criminal etc.) the necessary training and education to allow for a successful reintegration into society; to retrain. [from 19th c.]
- To return (someone) to good health after illness, addiction etc. [from 19th c.]
- (intransitive) To go through such a process; to recover. [from 20th c.]
From the participle stem of Late Latin rehabilitare, from Latin re- + habilitÄre.