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She has been working to rehabilitate her reputation.
  to restore someone (or more rarely, something) to a state of good condition — such as recovery from addiction, illness, prison, or poor reputation
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Rehab is sometimes used as an abbreviation for rehabilitation or a rehabilitation facility such as might be used to help someone recover from a drug addiction.

Although rehabilitate can be used generally, it is typically replaced with refurbish when talking about buildings or machines, and with recuperate when talking about recovery from an illness.
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  • She has been working to rehabilitate her reputation.
  • We try to rehabilitate the women in our prison.
  • She is in a drug-rehab center.
  • She checked herself into rehab in an effort to stop drinking.

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  • The prisoner was successfully rehabilitated
  • After a year in the mental clinic, the patient is now rehabilitated
  • Oh, but I am her daddy, boy, and court says I been rehabilitated.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Don’t you have to go to the Health Clinic for your Alcohol Rehabilitation classes?
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • I spent that night at the hospital, and the next morning my parents brought me here, to the drug rehabilitation center.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • This Circle needs to know that Peter Driscal is not rehabilitating well, either physically or emotionally.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • Chelsea wants to go to rehab, but there isn’t any money.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • She’s single-handedly rehabilitated you.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • But I still had to stay in the hospital for a long time, and then there were months of rehab.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • And as for me, I had Mia’s rehabilitation to worry about, not my own.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • I’m not going to lie: My rehab sucked.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • After the operation, first we will have recovery, then rehabilitation, then hold and transfer to civil authorities.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • My dad volunteered part-time at the bird rescue, where he helped rehabilitate snowy egrets hit by cars and pelicans that had swallowed fishhooks.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • It was the only serious rehabilitative program at Danbury (other than the puppies), and it is currently the only way in the federal system to significantly reduce your sentence.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • We’ve given up on rehabilitation, education, and services for the imprisoned because providing assistance to the incarcerated is apparently too kind and compassionate.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • They dug into their pockets, offering us almost forty pounds toward Will’s rehabilitation fund, and only stopped insisting when I told them we would be happiest if they would have a drink on us instead.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • In 1980 he was "rehabilitated" and appointed Vice President of the Children’s Art Theater.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Two Silvers, one of which landed you in rehab for three months, three Bronzes with V-devices, and a trio of Purples.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • I will never get back the months of my lift that I spent in rehabilitation and in and out of hospitals, instead of in recitals and in and out of school.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • They had heard of my rehabilitation work in Holland, he said, and they wondered—I was opening my mouth to say that I had no professional training in such things, when his next words silenced me.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • They had failed at rehabilitating the dangerous ones and hauled them off in the night, but the so-called "improvements" didn’t stop there.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Lucky for him then; but now that dead suburb was being rehabilitated.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Horst was in for rehab but Martin was in because he is really, truly nuts.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • If hijacking rehabilitation has been attempted before, we have no access to those records.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Remember, this is a place of rehabilitation.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • While incarcerated, he went through drug and alcohol rehabilitation, got his GED, and taught GED classes to other inmates for twenty-five dollars a month.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Brad’s parents sent him to rehabilitation because Brad’s father didn’t want him to miss his chance at a football scholarship.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • His hat, which had been rehabilitated by his wife, rested upon his knees.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • The Guide also tells you on which planets the best Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters are mixed, how much you can expect to pay for one and what voluntary organizations exist to help you rehabilitate afterward.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • From the rehabilitation of his father, he naturally passed to the rehabilitation of Napoleon.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She worked at a rehabilitation centre and was apparently happily remarried to one of Bjurman’s former colleagues.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • I want to rehabilitate myself, Mrs. Helmer; I want to get on; and in that your husband must help me.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • After The Paper folded, Lois took a job doing public relations for an injury rehabilitation institute.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • After the hospitalization, she went to a nearby hot-springs therapeutic center for rehabilitation.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Followers of Black Imagination would have to be monitored; members of the population addicted to artificial crystal or imagination stimulants rehabilitated; those thriving by corrupt business practices would comply with more ethical modes of professional conduct or be shut down.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • You want me to go and see her, to ask her here, and to rehabilitate her in society; but do understand that I cannot do so.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • I’ve visited numerous prisons, juvenile detention centers, sober-living homes and rehabilitation centers.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • We all hoped he’d return and serenade us from the window of the drug-rehabilitation ward.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • It was presently his headquarters but in a few years he planned to rehabilitate Patrick Air Force Base, on Cape Canaveral, and transfer there.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Mrs. Selfridge Merry bore across the room to join them, and it became clear to Archer that here also a conspiracy of rehabilitation and obliteration was going on.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • How could she face her parents, get back her box, and disconcert the whole scheme for the rehabilitation of her family on such sentimental grounds?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The twins were heroes of romance, now, and with rehabilitated reputations.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • Jo-Jo had already rehabilitated two of his siblings, who were on their way to owning their own stores.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • Dorset had apparently shown marked interest in the girl, and this interest might be used to cruel advantage in his wife’s struggle for rehabilitation.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • The ultimate rehabilitation? A self-induced lobotomy?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Like Zhang Shu, other experienced teachers who had previously been accused of being rightists were now rehabilitated and allowed to return.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao’s Last Dancer
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