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

Synonyms for rehearse


exercise, practice (also practise), run over

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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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Across town at a folk art center in North London, Mr. Ward rehearsed with his orchestra. Farah Nayeri, New York Times, "109 Players. 3 Conductors. It’s Even Harder Than It Sounds.," 29 June 2018 Many rehearse familiar arguments that #MeToo lumps disparate behavior into the same broad category and encourages a rush to judgment, thereby violating the rights of the accused to due process. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "On #MeToo and Democrats’ Moral Authority," 18 May 2018 On the streets of Windsor, military personnel rehearsed their procession through the town, watched by thousands of enthusiastic royal fans., "Palace confirms Meghan Markle’s father will not attend her wedding," 17 May 2018 Whether or not the moment was rehearsed didn't matter. David Grunfeld,, "Photos from second Friday Jazz Fest 2018," 4 May 2018 The actors rehearsed one scene that resonated unintentionally with Jordanian politics, according to the director, a young Deerfield graduate named Tristan Chirico who also teaches philosophy at King's. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012 Toothless Kid Smiles Holding Meghan’s Train All in all, Claudia says the children looked well-rehearsed and seemed to be fully enjoying their big moment. Monique Jessen,, "Princess Charlotte Takes Charge While Prince George Is Shy at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 The concert began with an understandably under-rehearsed yet still driving account of Polish composer Bacewicz's knockout 1943 Overture, also a first performance for the L.A. Phil. Rick Schultz,, "Andrew Manze leads the L.A. Phil through a night of firsts," 30 Mar. 2018 With deep tenderness and a wonderful, feather-light sense of humor, Mr. Thier rehearses ancient conundrums over free will and the existence of evil while itemizing the blessings that make life worth the suffering. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 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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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


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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