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 One bright April afternoon, having time to kill before a rehearsal in Brooklyn, Shaw wandered a Lower Manhattan park overlooking the Hudson. Jonathan Gharraie, The Atlantic, "Can Caroline Shaw Make Classical Cool?," 13 Feb. 2021 Seven said the number one barrier was the lack of rehearsal and performance space, with some noting that many cultural centers and performance spaces have simply not reopened. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "‘It’s as bad as it sounds’: Pandemic cost Dallas arts $95 million in 2020," 5 Feb. 2021 An early rehearsal ripped the sun shield, causing yet another delay to the project. New York Times, "The Webb Telescope, NASA’s Golden Surfer, Is Almost Ready, Again," 2 Feb. 2021 Biden's whistle-stop Amtrak ride to the capital city was scrapped, and the rehearsal on the Mall was moved from Sunday to today because of potential threats, according to a person involved in the planning who was not authorized to comment publicly. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, "Biden plans 1st-day changes; rejoining climate deal, tossing some migrant rules on list," 18 Jan. 2021 President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration rehearsal on Sunday has been postponed to Monday due to security concerns. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Washington braces for unrest as level of threat unclear," 16 Jan. 2021 The little simple things, like sharing a beer after rehearsal or a show. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Looking back at 2020 in the arts: Ruben Valenzuela: ‘It’s such a hard, dark time for everyone in the arts’," 27 Dec. 2020 Early in the pandemic, an indoor choir rehearsal turned out to be a super-spreader event that resulted in dozens of COVID-19 cases and a couple of deaths. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Kirk Cameron spreads cheer — and maybe COVID-19 — with caroling protests," 23 Dec. 2020 This rehearsal included a test of the spacecraft’s ability to use visual images to make its way to the surface. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Seeks to Grab a Piece of Asteroid Bennu," 16 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of rehearsal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Feb 2021

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“Rehearsal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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