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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Come check us out and bring a friend at an open rehearsals: Monday, Sept. 23, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 26 Wintonbury Ave., "Community News For The Windsor Edition," 11 Sep. 2019 The band and the symphony are performing in front of row after row of empty seats at this private rehearsal at the Cow Palace in Daly City on Labor Day. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Metallica: An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at S&M2 concerts," 4 Sep. 2019 The audition is simple: sing at a rehearsal, then afterwards sing a bit of music covered that night with the pianist in front of a small music committee and the music director. Corey Dockser,, "Shoestring theater, artwork, and chorus rehearsals," 30 Aug. 2019 While Kerwin sang at choir rehearsal, 4-year-old Kenan would sit on the ground and play with toy cars, dreaming up people and scenarios. Elahe Izadi,, "The quiet brilliance of Kenan Thompson, ‘SNL’s’ longest-tenured cast member," 29 Aug. 2019 At Wednesday’s rehearsal, a small red container labeled Jug of Blood sat on the bar, allowing any of the actors who wanted to work with it easy access. Deborah Martin,, "Roxie Theatre’s ‘Evil Dead’ spills more blood," 1 Aug. 2019 At the rehearsal, staff members of the American Theater Wing subbed for the winners. Leah Garchik,, "Can a new soft drink cure the blight of urban poverty?," 16 June 2019 The dynamic duo took a break from rehearsal to talk multitasking in front of an audience. Terry Byrne,, "Acting is right up their alley, but bowling? That’s a struggle," 28 Aug. 2019 The report said the gaps, already fixed or in the process of repair, had opened information from a limited dress-rehearsal count last year to possible hacking. Bill Lambrecht,, "Advocates push Census Bureau to prepare for security breaches, disinformation ahead of 2020 count," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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