AskDefine | Define rehabilitate

Dictionary Definition



1 reinstall politically; "Deng Xiao Ping was rehabilitated several times throughout his lifetime" [ant: purge]
2 restore to a state of good condition or operation
3 help to re-adapt, as to a former state of health or good repute; "The prisoner was successfully rehabilitated"; "After a year in the mental clinic, the patient is now rehabilitated"

User Contributed Dictionary



re- + habilitate


  1. To restore or repair, to make habitable again.
  2. To rescue from a state of decadence or decrepitude.
  3. To return to good graces in the eyes of society after committing but suffering punishment for a crime.
The process of restoration of skills by a person who has had an illness or injury so as to regain maximum self-sufficiency and function in a normal or as near normal manner as possible.


  • I turned over the piece of paper, and there, there on the other side, in the middle of the other side, away from everything else on the other side, in parenthesis, capital letters, quotated, read the following words:
Arlo Guthrie, Alice's Restaurant, 1967

Extensive Definition

Rehabation or Rehab may refer to:


rehabilitate in Czech: Rehabilitace
rehabilitate in German: Rehabilitation
rehabilitate in Spanish: Rehabilitación
rehabilitate in Persian: توانبخشی
rehabilitate in Italian: Riabilitazione
rehabilitate in Japanese: リハビリテーション
rehabilitate in Russian: Реабилитация
rehabilitate in Swedish: Rehabilitering

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