transitive verb (-tated; -tating) Etymology: Medieval Latin rehabilitatus, past participle of rehabilitare, from Latin re- + Late Latin habilitare to habilitate Date: circa 1581 1. a. to restore to a former capacity ; reinstate b. to restore to good repute ; reestablish the good name of 2. a. to restore to a former state (as of efficiency, good management, or solvency) <
rehabilitate slum areas
b. to restore or bring to a condition of health or useful and constructive activity • rehabilitation nounrehabilitative adjectiverehabilitator noun

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  • rehabilitate — 1570s, from pp. stem of M.L. rehabilitare (see REHABILITATION (Cf. rehabilitation)). Related: Rehabilitated; rehabilitating …   Etymology dictionary

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