rehearsal

noun

re·​hears·​al ri-ˈhər-səl How to pronounce rehearsal (audio)
1
: something recounted or told again : recital
2
a
: a private performance or practice session preparatory to a public appearance
b
: a practice exercise : trial

Examples of rehearsal in a Sentence

She was 15 minutes late to rehearsal. There are only three more rehearsals before the concert.
Recent Examples on the Web About a week after that rehearsal, a member of the musical died. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 During production, which took place in Iceland, creator and showrunner Issa López held rehearsals with the cast each weekend. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 By their final rehearsal, the fourth grade class at Haycock Elementary School in Falls Church had already memorized the words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 10 Feb. 2024 Prior to the rehearsals, Donnelly did some historical research on what Blackpool was like in the 1970s, but says that most of the work is already done for the actors because of the level of detail in the script. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 For rehearsals, everything has been really, really amazing and challenging at the same time. Evan Nicole Brown, Vulture, 4 Feb. 2024 Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza injured when a gun held by Baldwin fired a live round during a scene rehearsal on the set of the western. Cindy Von Quednow, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 If the action is suspended during rehearsal for a lost line, the actors and stage crew must reset the food (most real, but some fake). Jill Wendholt Silva, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Cruz has been inspired by them during the give-and-take of rehearsals, and vice versa. Christine Dolen, Miami Herald, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rehearsal was in the 14th century

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“Rehearsal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rehearsal. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

rehearsal

noun
re·​hears·​al ri-ˈhər-səl How to pronounce rehearsal (audio)
1
: a private performance or practice session in preparation for a public appearance
2
: a practice exercise : trial

Medical Definition

rehearsal

noun
re·​hears·​al ri-ˈhər-səl How to pronounce rehearsal (audio)
1
: a method for improving memory by mentally or verbally repeating over and over the information to be remembered
2
: the repeated mental review of a desired action or behavioral response
preoperative rehearsal of coping imagery to reduce anxiety

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