Definition of rehab in English:


nounPlural rehabs

  • 1mass 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was previously sent to drug rehab in 1987, but I guess it didn't work!’
    • ‘Her latest stumble on the rocky road to recovery, being caught with crack cocaine at a drug rehab center, shows that she is in desperate need of help.’
    • ‘After I got out of jail I had to go to that halfway house for drug rehab.’
    • ‘April is the black sheep of the family; drug rehab, shoplifting - you name it, she has done it.’
    • ‘In March, 2002, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution and to undergo drug rehab treatment.’
    • ‘In 9th grade, just around Thanksgiving, Dawn's father was put into rehab for alcohol abuse.’
    • ‘He was the one who put her there, who admitted her into rehab for her drug addiction.’
    • ‘Nick's been in rehab for his drug problem since a week after he ran away.’
    • ‘Last March she checked into drug rehab but checked out five days later.’
    • ‘He recalled his stint in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction back when he was in high school.’
    • ‘In August 2001, he checked himself into an alcohol rehab.’
    • ‘And weeks before launching a world tour, she goes into a drug and alcohol rehab center in Southern California.’
    • ‘Years later, after leaving Hollywood, undergoing drug rehab and starting a new life, he died in what appeared to be a drug overdose situation.’
    • ‘His attorney said he was returning to his drug rehab facility.’
    • ‘She didn't really go into rehab for drink or drugs.’
    • ‘And finally, five weeks after going into rehab for his addiction to painkillers, he will return to his radio audience of 20 million.’
    • ‘Billy has checked himself out of rehab after receiving a month of treatment for alcohol addiction.’
    • ‘The band broke up for three years, and it was only after their reunion that the band members decided to go into drug rehab.’
    • ‘She also sings about her own drug use, rehab and heartbreak.’
    • ‘It was also reported that his family was planning an emergency trip to Bahrain to try and get the pop star into rehab for a prescription drug addiction.’
  • 2US A building that has been rehabilitated or 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
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  • 3often the RehabAustralian NZ historical mass noun Financial assistance provided by the Rehabilitation Department, established to support returned servicemen after the Second World War.

    ‘he'd had to bum around for a few years before approaching the Rehab’
    as modifier ‘we were able to get a Rehab loan at three per cent’
    • ‘The Rehab people were sympathetic to my request.’
    • ‘I can even apply for my rehab and crash out on my own.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We lived on a rehab place, miles from town up a metal road.’
    • ‘I was living in Christchurch at different times, on Rehab for a while.’
    • ‘Rehab had a little trouble in finding him a suitable job.’

verbrehabs, rehabbed, rehabbing

[with object]North American
  • Rehabilitate or restore.

    ‘they don't rehab you at all in jail’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We have rehabbed 1,600 schools since the war ended, so to speak.’
    • ‘After surgery March 2, Wilson immediately began rehabbing, riding a stationary bike and doing exercises to maintain his core strength.’
    • ‘He's been rehabbing it for several weeks now and it looks like he stands to make a full recovery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Have you had cases where a swimmer was unable to use his arms while rehabbing from injury and was only able to kick?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For instance, after twenty-five years, people in the Mattole River watershed have put in countless volunteer hours and rehabbed an elegant small river.’
    • ‘When I was rehabbing my knees, I worked on my upper body.’
    • ‘I bought the buildings and rehabbed them one by one.’
    • ‘The kitchen cabinets are rehabbed lockers used by factory workers.’
    • ‘He bought a one-story warehouse in 1986 and rehabbed it for office use.’
    • ‘On his block, old housing was rehabbed, new housing was built.’
    • ‘Glass-fiber reinforced concrete is frequently used for building facades - especially for rehabbing.’
    • ‘We decide to rehab this patch-worked apartment overlooking the Common.’
    • ‘Blocks and blocks of homes are being rehabbed and spiffed up, which is breathing life into many once-forlorn districts of the city.’
    • ‘She was already rehabbing a Manhattan town house.’
    • ‘Well, Boone has been quietly rehabbing and hopes to be back by September.’
    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
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1940s: abbreviation of rehabilitate and rehabilitation.