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Topic: HOSPITAL

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: , past participle of rehabilitare, from Latin habilitas 'ability'

rehabilitate

verb
     
re‧ha‧bil‧i‧tate [transitive]
1MHSE to help someone to live a healthy, useful, or active life again after they have been seriously ill or in prison:
a special unit for rehabilitating stroke patients
2 to make people think that someone or something is good again after a period when people had a bad opinion of them:
The Prime Minister seems to be trying to rehabilitate the former defence secretary.
3TBC to improve a building or area so that it returns to the good condition it was in before [↪ renovate]:
A lot of the older houses have now been rehabilitated.
rehabilitation noun [uncountable]
the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients
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