Definition of rehab in US English:



  • 1A course of treatment for drug or alcohol dependence, typically at a residential facility.

    ‘the star has been in rehab for a week’
    ‘the success of rehab is entirely dependent on the patient's commitment to the process’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was previously sent to drug rehab in 1987, but I guess it didn't work!’
    • ‘After I got out of jail I had to go to that halfway house for drug rehab.’
    • ‘And weeks before launching a world tour, she goes into a drug and alcohol rehab center in Southern California.’
    • ‘She also sings about her own drug use, rehab and heartbreak.’
    • ‘In August 2001, he checked himself into an alcohol rehab.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘April is the black sheep of the family; drug rehab, shoplifting - you name it, she has done it.’
    • ‘In 9th grade, just around Thanksgiving, Dawn's father was put into rehab for alcohol abuse.’
    • ‘The band broke up for three years, and it was only after their reunion that the band members decided to go into drug rehab.’
    • ‘I don't think I could have lived the rest of my life clean without the rehab I went through.’
    • ‘He recalled his stint in rehab for drug and alcohol addiction back when he was in high school.’
    • ‘And finally, five weeks after going into rehab for his addiction to painkillers, he will return to his radio audience of 20 million.’
    • ‘His attorney said he was returning to his drug rehab facility.’
    • ‘The rehab was intense, but once I was home, I was back on-line.’
    • ‘She didn't really go into rehab for drink or drugs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 A course of treatment designed to reverse the debilitating effects of an injury.
      ‘their best hitter has been in rehab since August’
      • ‘Once patients have completed the cardiac rehab program, then they can continue their exercise and diet at home.’
      • ‘The last stage of rehab from an injury combines a supervised exercise regime with dance classes, often with good results.’
      • ‘He was wheelchair-bound, but after months of rehab, the 6-foot - 2-inch rancher is walking with a cane.’
      • ‘They integrate training and rehab principles into injury recovery.’
      • ‘He stutters and walks with a cane and is leaving for a rehab center to undergo physical therapy.’
      • ‘The possibility of rehab, speech pathology, and a whole host of other enhancements to her life.’
      • ‘Through rehab, you can regain strength, vitality and confidence, and you may feel better in many ways than you did before.’
      • ‘The doctors that Justin saw made him undergo rehab therapy.’
      • ‘A rehab specialist can give you specific exercises to strengthen and increase your range of motion and improve your balance and proprioception.’
      • ‘Proper cardiac rehab, when the exercise is performed appropriately, can be highly effective in improving the long-term prognosis.’
      • ‘I use this bike every day to go to my rehab for a back injury and I really need it back.’
      • ‘Last, but not least, is the recurring sprained ankle that needs rehab to correct an underlying weakness.’
      • ‘Occupational rehab and vocational rehab may also be needed to help regain function.’
      • ‘He spent months in rehab, trying to learn how to live without a hand.’
      • ‘Many rehab programs incorporate aquatic exercise because it's less jarring on the joints.’
      • ‘Despite 10 long months of rehab, I've lost full use of my arm.’
      • ‘It would seem that with all the talk about the high cost of medical care that cardiac rehab would be a lot cheaper than bypass surgery.’
      • ‘For these clients, it will be necessary for the physician or rehab professional to set the exercise intensity, via exercise testing, at a level below that where symptoms occur.’
      • ‘However, the personal trainer should not perform assisted stretching without first consulting the rehab professional who previously treated the client.’
  • 2US A thing, especially a building, that has been rehabilitated or restored.

    • ‘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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[with object]North American
  • Rehabilitate or restore.

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