re·​hears·​al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl How to pronounce rehearsal (audio) \

Definition of rehearsal

1 : something recounted or told again : recital
2a : a private performance or practice session preparatory to a public appearance
b : a practice exercise : trial

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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 The two posted clips show Lopez with a crew of young dancers, as well as Lopez having freestyling in between rehearsals for the upcoming performance. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alex Rodriguez Shares a Behind-the-Scenes Look at J.Lo’s Upcoming Super Bowl Performance," 23 Dec. 2019 Hayward had to be on set at 6:30 every morning for full ballet training—directly after filming, she was headed into rehearsals for the lead in the Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Extraordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things: Behind the Scenes of Cats," 19 Dec. 2019 Brown is now in rehearsals for the Dancing With the Stars live tour which kicks off in Virginia on Jan. 9. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Hannah Brown Is Keeping Her 'DWTS' Mirrorball Trophy Under Her Christmas Tree," 19 Dec. 2019 The explanation Mr Souriau and Dr Geberzahn propose is that male thrush nightingales employ the winter months as a period of experimentation and rehearsal for the summer. The Economist, "Birdsong Male nightingales spend the winter practising," 28 Nov. 2019 North Korea has long criticized U.S.-South Korean military exercises, viewing them as rehearsals for an invasion. Min Joo Kim, Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea hints it may resume nuclear testing, accuses U.S. of reneging on pact," 16 July 2019 Basically, Britney was in rehearsals for Domination. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here's Why Britney Spears Fans Are Posting #FreeBritney All Over Social Media," 23 Apr. 2019 Mostly, though, cat school was at Warner Bros. studios, where the majority of rehearsals took place. Emma Specter, Vogue, "Inside the “Cat School” Where the Cats Cast Learned Their Moves," 19 Dec. 2019 Technically being a Rockette is a seasonal gig: A grueling six weeks of rehearsals starts in October, and performances begin in November and run through the new year. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "How Rockette Maile Makaafi Gets Through the Kicks, Costume Changes, and Four Shows in a Day," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of rehearsal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rehearsal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rehearsal

: an event at which a person or group practices an activity (such as singing, dancing, or acting) in order to prepare for a public performance


re·​hears·​al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl How to pronounce rehearsal (audio) \

Kids Definition of rehearsal

: a private performance or practice session in preparation for a public appearance


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Medical Definition of rehearsal

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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