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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Rehabilitation.
  • n. Something, especially a building, that has undergone rehabilitation.
  • transitive v. To rehabilitate: "purchased and rehabbed eight units of housing” ( Hatfield MA Valley Advocate).

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  • n. An act of rehabilitation, especially drug rehabilitation.
  • n. An institution for rehabilitation.
  • v. To rehabilitate.

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  • A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

    October 21, 2008

  • "Jail replaced rehab (which itself replaced clubbing) as a destination for young female celebrities, a place for life lessons, self-examination, and temporary chemical independence. And while 2007 saw its share of Iraq-as-Vietnam and Iraq-as-Taliban-era-Afghanistan analogies, Iraq also became the new Korea, at least to those who foresee a decades-long armed stand-off and no end to the American military commitment."
    - 'Milk is the new oil, Iraq is the new Korea … enough already!', Drake Bennett, 3 Jan 2008.
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    January 3, 2008