1. rehabilitation, especially a program or facility for treating persons addicted to drugs or alcohol or recovering from certain medical conditions: He’s been sober since coming out of rehab. She checked into rehab after suffering a stroke.
  2. a rehabilitated building.


  1. of or relating to rehabilitation: funds for new rehab projects in the city.

verb (used with object), re·habbed, re·hab·bing.

  1. to rehabilitate.


  1. short for rehabilitation
  2. treatment for drink or drug addiction
  3. NZ informal short for Rehabilitation Department

1948 as a shortening of rehabilitation (originally of service members returning from World War II). As a verb in reference to houses, by 1975, short for rehabilitate. Related: Rehabbed; rehabbing.


  1. Rehabilitation.

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