rehearse

verb
re·hearse | \ri-ˈhərs \
rehearsed; rehearsing

Definition of rehearse 

transitive verb

1a : to say again : repeat

b : to recite aloud in a formal manner

2 : to present an account of : relate rehearse a familiar story

3 : to recount in order : enumerate rehearsed their demands

4a : to give a rehearsal of

b : to train or make proficient by rehearsal

5 : to perform or practice as if in a rehearsal

intransitive verb

: to engage in a rehearsal

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Other Words from rehearse

rehearser noun

Examples of rehearse in a Sentence

The orchestra is rehearsing a piece by Schumann. The band stayed up late rehearsing for the big show. We were allowed to watch the director rehearse the dancers. lawyers rehearsing their closing arguments He rehearsed his dance moves in front of the mirror.
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In a post-finale interview, Asia explained to Entertainment Weekly that she had painstakingly planned and rehearsed the butterfly release multiple times. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "And the winner of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is ... not Asia after her failed butterfly stunt," 29 June 2018 To watch him practice was to listen to Arthur Rubinstein rehearse on the piano, never producing a sour note, only sweet music. Dick Enberg, SI.com, "Dick Enberg Recounts His Special Encounter with Ted Williams," 15 May 2018 Some of his inquisitors appeared annoyed by Mr Zuckerberg’s rehearsed responses, but that did not stop many onlookers from being chuffed by his smooth, slightly robotic, performance. The Economist, "If Facebook will not fix itself, will Congress?," 11 Apr. 2018 Debbie, incandescent with rage, confronted Ruth in the warehouse where GLOW was rehearsing, prompting the show’s wily director, Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), to imagine how sparks might fly between the two women in the ring. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 CMA Fest’s four stadium concerts — arguably country music’s most important stage outside awards shows — are meticulously planned, scripted and rehearsed. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, "Luke Kneels Before His Idol, Blake Gets a Do-Over and Carrie Doesn't Sweat It: All the CMA Fest Stadium Concert Highlights," 12 June 2018 You are steeped in rehearsals for eight days, rehearsing half a day and then writing half a day. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "His play about gender got a new ending – during the HB2 debate. Now it premieres at Actor’s Theatre. | Charlotte Observer," 25 Apr. 2018 Unlike the state’s robust and rehearsed response to oil spills, the August fish escape caught Washington agencies unprepared. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Puget Sound region’s Atlantic salmon fish farms could be headed for final harvest," 26 Feb. 2018 The actor George Takei, who was 5 years old when he was sent with his family to a camp in Arkansas, was rehearsing for a role when his husband interrupted him with some news this week from the Supreme Court. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Abortion is already emerging as a top issue in the midterms with Supreme Court vacancy," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of rehearse

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for rehearse

Middle English rehersen, from Anglo-French rehercer, from re- + hercer to harrow, from herce harrow — more at hearse

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rehearse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of rehearse

: to prepare for a public performance of a play, a piece of music, etc., by practicing the performance

: to direct (a group of people) as they prepare for a public performance

: to say or do (something) several times in order to practice

rehearse

verb
re·hearse | \ri-ˈhərs \
rehearsed; rehearsing

Kids Definition of rehearse

: to practice in private in preparation for a public performance We rehearsed our play.

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