Definition of rehab in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘In August 2001, he checked himself into an alcohol rehab.’
    • ‘He recalled his stint in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction back when he was in high school.’
    • ‘Last March she checked into drug rehab but checked out five days later.’
    • ‘Billy has checked himself out of rehab after receiving a month of treatment for alcohol addiction.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The band broke up for three years, and it was only after their reunion that the band members decided to go into drug rehab.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After I got out of jail I had to go to that halfway house for drug rehab.’
    • ‘And finally, five weeks after going into rehab for his addiction to painkillers, he will return to his radio audience of 20 million.’
    • ‘He was previously sent to drug rehab in 1987, but I guess it didn't work!’
    • ‘The rehab was intense, but once I was home, I was back on-line.’
    • ‘And weeks before launching a world tour, she goes into a drug and alcohol rehab center in Southern California.’
    • ‘His attorney said he was returning to his drug rehab facility.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Years later, after leaving Hollywood, undergoing drug rehab and starting a new life, he died in what appeared to be a drug overdose situation.’
    • ‘In 9th grade, just around Thanksgiving, Dawn's father was put into rehab for alcohol abuse.’
    • ‘She also sings about her own drug use, rehab and heartbreak.’
    • ‘She didn't really go into rehab for drink or drugs.’
    • ‘I don't think I could have lived the rest of my life clean without the rehab I went through.’
    • ‘April is the black sheep of the family; drug rehab, shoplifting - you name it, she has done it.’
  • 2US A building that has been rehabilitated or restored.

    ‘a homeowner who discovers his rehab straddles the San Andreas fault’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    repair, repairing, fixing, mending, refurbishment, reconditioning, rehabilitation, rebuilding, reconstruction, remodelling, redecoration, revamping, revamp, makeover, overhaul
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  • 3often the RehabNZ Australian 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’
    • ‘I was living in Christchurch at different times, on Rehab for a while.’
    • ‘We lived on a rehab place, miles from town up a metal road.’
    • ‘Rehab had a little trouble in finding him a suitable job.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can even apply for my rehab and crash out on my own.’
    • ‘The Rehab people were sympathetic to my request.’


[with object]North American
  • Rehabilitate or restore.

    ‘they don't rehab you at all in jail’
    • ‘Well, Boone has been quietly rehabbing and hopes to be back by September.’
    • ‘She was already rehabbing a Manhattan town house.’
    • ‘There is a stone outbuilding next door in the process of being rehabbed.’
    • ‘He bought a one-story warehouse in 1986 and rehabbed it for office use.’
    • ‘I bought the buildings and rehabbed them one by one.’
    • ‘Glass-fiber reinforced concrete is frequently used for building facades - especially for rehabbing.’
    • ‘The fact that he has rehabbed the fracture in his neck is not especially noteworthy - there wasn't much choice in that matter.’
    • ‘The kitchen cabinets are rehabbed lockers used by factory workers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We decide to rehab this patch-worked apartment overlooking the Common.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On his block, old housing was rehabbed, new housing was built.’
    • ‘Blocks and blocks of homes are being rehabbed and spiffed up, which is breathing life into many once-forlorn districts of the city.’
    • ‘We have rehabbed 1,600 schools since the war ended, so to speak.’
    • ‘When I was rehabbing my knees, I worked on my upper body.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘My wrist is healed - they took the pins out - and I rehabbed it real hard before I began driving.’
    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.