1. The ability or act of remaking ones self by shunning what they feel they are expected to be through starting over and becoming who they always felt they were.
2. To control the life you hope to have without ending the only life you have to live.
He realized he could be the person he always felt he was by committing social suicide through changing his name and moving somewhere that nobody ever knew him as the person he was forced to be. Through this, he was reborn, and his physical life never had to end.