re·hears·al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl \

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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Synonyms for rehearsal


dry run, practice (also practise), 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.

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The rehearsal room is just a blank, humble space full of energetic artists. Madeline Mitchell,, "Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was turned into an opera and it's making its American debut in Cincinnati," 13 July 2018 In a rehearsal room underneath the Oak Park and River Forest High School stage, students were busy memorizing their lines, reciting their lyrics and tweaking their choreography as the school’s summer theater production was fast approaching. Steve Schering,, "'It’s not your typical show': OPRF set to stage summer theater production," 29 June 2018 The multipurpose space can be a classroom, studio area or rehearsal room, Marra said. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "Storefront Theatre plans to open in Broad Ripple," 22 June 2018 And as Parson himself noted to me in an interview during rehearsals, the fact that something’s always been done in a certain way provides little justification in and of itself for staying the course. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hard questions about race in APT's 'Blood Knot' compounded by casting decision," 18 June 2018 Nowadays, the building’s maze of rehearsal rooms is filled with music-making. Danny Mcdonald,, "In Cambridge’s Central Square, a potential artistic exodus," 7 Apr. 2018 Again, Bush flew to New York City and met Nettles in the same rehearsal room. Cindy Watts, USA TODAY, "Inside Sugarland's 'Bigger' reasons for hiatus, reunion," 6 Apr. 2018 The previous production was performed four years ago in a small space at Franca's Italian Restaurant that is now the rehearsal room for the dinner theater. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park drama teacher shows acting chops in farce at Franca's," 8 Mar. 2018 Amid the violence, the humanity of rage In a Playhouse Square rehearsal room in late January, Charlie Fee explores the merits of blood spray with his production team. Andrea Simakis,, "Playhouse Square launches national tour of Tony-winner 'Hello Dolly!' starring Betty Buckley," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of rehearsal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of rehearsal

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


re·hears·al | \ ri-ˈhər-səl \

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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