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re·bound1 • v. / riˈbound; ˈrēˌbound/ [intr.] bounce back through the air after hitting a hard surface or object: his shot hammered into the post and rebounded across the goal. ∎  [intr.] recover in value, amount, or strength after a previous decrease or decline: NASDAQ rebounded to show a twenty-point gain. ∎  [intr.] (rebound on/upon) (of an event or situation) have an unexpected adverse consequence for (someone, esp. the person responsible for it): Nicholas's tricks are rebounding on him. ∎  [intr.] Basketball gain possession of a missed shot after it bounces off the backboard or basket rim.• n. / ˈrēˌbound/ (in sporting contexts) a ball or shot that bounces back after striking a hard surface: he blasted the rebound into the net. ∎ Basketball a recovery of possession of a missed shot. ∎  an instance of increasing in value, amount, or strength after a previous decline: they revealed a big rebound in profits for last year. ∎  [usu. as adj.] the recurrence of a medical condition, esp. after withdrawal of medication: rebound hypertension.PHRASES: on the rebound in the process of bouncing back after striking a hard surface. ∎  still affected by the emotional distress caused by the ending of a romantic or sexual relationship: I was on the rebound when I met·bound2 • past and past participle of rebind.