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rehabilitate (verb) help to return to a normal or healthy life; get a building or an area to return to its original good condition.

When you rehabilitate a person, you help them to return to normal health after they have been ill for sometime, or to normal life after they have been jailed for sometime. The government, for example, rehabilitates lepers and AIDS victims. That is, it helps them to lead a comfortable life. Rehabilitating those who are released from jail is helping them to get a proper employment and live a normal life, as they may find it difficult to do it because of their criminal record. If we restore an area to its original good condition after it has been neglected for sometime we rehabilitate it.

  • In countries without proper awareness of AIDS, the victims are treated as outcasts. The governments of these countries must organize programs to rehabilitate them and help them lead a near normal life.
  • Once a criminal, always a criminal. This is what the society always tends to believe, so it is difficult even for a reformed prisoner to earn a living. So it is for the government to rehabilitate convicts after their release from prison.
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