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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Wang greets Davidson like an old friend ahead of their first rehearsal, putting him into a robe to keep his identity secret and walking him through the choreography. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Pete Davidson, Like Myself, Has No Idea Why He Walked The Alexander Wang Runway," 15 June 2019 Immediately following their rehearsal at Dulaney, the group headed down the street to pose for a photo, visit their old school and catch up with former teachers. Melissa Whatley,, "Dulaney High seniors reconnect with their alma mater: Pot Spring Elementary in Timonium," 12 June 2019 Cardi presumably brought Kulture along for sound check, and she's snuggled up in her arms rehearsal. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Cardi B Is Gorgeous in Makeup-Free Mom Mode," 11 June 2019 Its makeover montage, in which Ashley Too coaches Rachel through rehearsals for a school talent show, is a key detail of its fond genre parody. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Best Episode of the New “Black Mirror” Is a Princess Tale Starring Miley Cyrus," 5 June 2019 At a recent rehearsal of the pivotal ball scene, where the two offspring of the feuding Capulet and Montague families first set eyes on one another (and clamp lips), director John Langs was refining some complex choreography with the ensemble. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "Here’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ like you’ve never seen it, with the star-crossed lovers bridging the gap between American Sign Language and English," 20 Feb. 2019 When the coast was clear at the Anna Sui rehearsal, Hill even showed off her gymnastics skills and did a backbend on the runway. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Watch Taylor Hill’s New York Fashion Week Experience, Which Included Pizza Delivery and a Backbend on the Runway," 19 Feb. 2019 Free songbooks will be distributed at the Thursday rehearsal, or can be obtained for a modest fee via an online order. Anthony Barcellos, sacbee, "How Big Sing California aims to bring joy to six cities and 10,000 performers," 13 July 2018 Kathy Henry, manager of marketing communications for the centers, gave a sneak preview at a recent rehearsal at the Westlake location, a campus of 9 acres on Center Ridge Road. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Autistic children prepare with the Beck Center for a curtain call," 30 Apr. 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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