One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘efforts are made to rehabilitate patients after treatment’
restore to health, restore to normality, reintegrate, readapt, retrain
North American informal rehab
2‘with the fall of the government, many former dissidents were rehabilitated’
reinstate, reinstall, restore, bring back, re-establish
pardon, absolve, exonerate, exculpate, forgive
3‘the authority has an excellent reputation for rehabilitating vacant housing’
recondition, restore, renew, renovate, refurbish, revamp, make over, make fit for habitation, make fit for use, overhaul, develop, redevelop, convert, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel
redecorate, brighten up, freshen up, spruce up
improve, upgrade, refit, fix up, re-equip
modernize, update, bring up to date, bring into the twenty-first century
North American bring something up to code, rehab
informal do up
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