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verb [transitive] rehabilitate pronunciation in British English /ˌriːəˈbɪlɪteɪt/
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present tense
present participlerehabilitating
past tenserehabilitated
past participlerehabilitated
  1. 1
    to help someone to give up drugs or alcohol, so that they can return to a healthy, independent, and useful life
    The new scheme is aimed at rehabilitating local heroin addicts.
  2. 2
    to try to make people respect someone or something again
    The new government is desperate to rehabilitate their country’s image.

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 rehabilitate pronunciation in British English /ˌriːəbɪlɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ noun [uncountable]
rehabilitation programme/centre
a scheme for the care and rehabilitation of elderly patients


 rehabilitate pronunciation in British English /ˌriːəˈbɪlɪtətɪv/ adjective


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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