An example of rehabilitate is to nurse a sick kitten back to health.
- 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 rehabilitate; from Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare, to restore: see re- and amp; 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 rehabilitare, rehabilitat-, to restore to a former rank : Latin re-, re- + Late Latin habilitare, 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.