from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education.
- transitive v. To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity.
- transitive v. To reinstate the good name of.
- transitive v. To restore the former rank, privileges, or rights of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To invest or clothe again with some right, authority, or dignity; to restore to a former capacity; to reinstate; to qualify again; to restore, as a delinquent, to a former right, rank, or privilege lost or forfeited; -- a term of civil and canon law.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To restore to a former capacity or standing; reinstate; qualify again; restore, as a delinquent, to a former right, rank, or privilege lost or forfeited: a term drawn from the civil and canon law.
- To reëstablish in the esteem of others or in social position lost by disgrace; restore to public respect: as, there is now a tendency to rehabilitate notorious historical personages; Lady Blank was rehabilitated by the influence of her family at court.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. restore to a state of good condition or operation
- v. reinstall politically
- v. help to readapt, as to a former state of health or good repute
They were friends who happened to train with the same coach, when Dede invited Michael in late 1997 to her home in Boulder, Colo., to rehabilitate from a broken hip and back, suffered in two bike accidents in France, where he was living.
To rehabilitate is to restore to a former constructive capacity or condition.
It’s easy for non-victims to scream "rehabilitate" - but sometimes becoming a victim yourself can change your point of view dramatically.
Now he would get a fine or, at most, a chance to "rehabilitate" himself.
The Servants played a big role in the crisis, but my research has shown that they only began to "rehabilitate" offenders after the secret system that had kept abuse covered for centuries had been inadvertently destroyed by Vatican II.
He ` s going to need a whole lot more than Oprah in order to kind of rehabilitate his image, but it ` s certainly a great step in the right direction.
Perhaps the biggest tactical surprise last week was defense lawyer Robert Baker's decision not to question Simpson immediately, or "rehabilitate" him, in trial parlance.
But after the shaky direct examination last year, it was especially critical for the defense to "rehabilitate" Simpson in the eyes of the jurors.
And I think you're going to see John McCain kind of rehabilitate some of what he lost in this campaign by helping Barack Obama where he can.
Yet they are never even put in the dock and, like Nixon and even McNamara, are allowed to "rehabilitate" themselves.