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re·build / rēˈbild/ • v. (past and past part. -built / -ˈbilt/ ) [tr.] build (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed: he rebuilt the cathedral church | fig. we try to help them rebuild their lives. • n. / ˈrēˌbild/ an instance or rebuilding something, esp. a vehicle or other machine. ∎  a thing that has been rebuilt, esp. a part of a motor vehicle, e.g., a motor or an alternator.DERIVATIVES: re·build·a·ble·build·er n.