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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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 Dinner Charlotte’s grandfather owns a ranch on the highest point in Santa Ynez, with 360-degree views of vineyards and the ocean; holding the rehearsal dinner there was a no-brainer. Ryan Ray, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Bride Found Her Gown One Month Before Her Absolutely Stunning Vineyard Wedding," 2 Apr. 2019 In addition to the event on June 6, there will be two training sessions at The Seattle Times building in downtown Seattle on May 18 and June 1, and a rehearsal on June 5. Scott Greenstone, The Seattle Times, "Tell us your stories about home and homelessness," 27 Mar. 2019 After finishing late-night rehearsals, Grande hit up her regular tattoo artist Mira Mariah, a.k.a. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Just Updated a Tattoo She Got With Pete Davidson," 18 Mar. 2019 Despite his nerves, Cooper shared advice of his own to Gaga during their last rehearsal for the Oscars set. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Lopez Gave Bradley Cooper Sweet Advice Before He Performed with Lady Gaga at the Oscars," 27 Feb. 2019 As reported by Rolling Stone, during a Pasadena concert, kiosks disguised a facial recognition camera inside an activation that displayed some highlights from her Reputation tour rehearsals. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Reportedly Used Facial Recognition Tech at a Concert to Track Fans Who Might Be Stalkers," 13 Dec. 2018 Swift’s facial recognition system was built into a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals, which would secretly record onlookers’ faces. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Taylor Swift tracked stalkers with facial recognition tech at her concert," 12 Dec. 2018 The show is in technical rehearsal and is expected to debut this summer. Gabrielle Russon,, "How will Disney, Universal, SeaWorld perform financially this summer?," 12 July 2018 After a summer break, the RB Chorale will resume its rehearsals and accept new members in preparation for its holiday concert. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "RB Chorale show to feature Broadway hits, talented students," 30 May 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 How to pronounce rehearsal (audio) \

Kids Definition of rehearsal

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


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

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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