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 Two of them were quite easy to agree on with Tanu and Harry, and two others – the dance improvisation at the end, and everything that happens on the turntable – those required a little bit of rehearsal. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, 27 Apr. 2022 There’s a brilliant system in place for it, where [intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien] will come into a rehearsal with us. ELLE, 19 Apr. 2022 The results of this rehearsal will determine whether any more tests need to take place before launch. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 Apr. 2022 Eulich had set aside two weeks of rehearsal to work with Yeoh on the scene. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 6 Apr. 2022 After removing her mic, Scarlet stormed out of rehearsal. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2022 To work on their roles, each actor had to perform at the beginning of each rehearsal. Steve Smith,, 17 Mar. 2022 Even though dance is not recognized as a sport by the NCAA, Hale said Tiger Girls are required to live by student athlete guidelines, including attending 10+ hours of rehearsal every week and maintaining a minimum average GPA. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2022 Kent says, speaking one recent morning before heading into rehearsal. Washington Post, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rehearsal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2022

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“Rehearsal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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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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