rehearse

verb
re·​hearse | \ ri-ˈhərs How to pronounce rehearse (audio) \
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

Synonyms

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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Much of the first peace summit in a decade between the leaders of North and South Korea on Friday is scripted and rehearsed, even physically measured, and the dramatic imagery should capture the world's attention. Matt Stiles, latimes.com, "On eve of historic Korean peace summit, high-stakes diplomacy stands front and center," 26 Apr. 2018 The Corps rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the A. W. Hanmer Elementary School, 50 Francis St. Art Group Seeks Members BERLIN — The Berlin Art Group is seeking new members in any level and any medium but oil. Courant Community, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 27 Mar. 2018 This is a pivotal moment in any space mission that end with a water landing, and it must be designed and rehearsed as much as any launch system. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How It Works: SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashdown and Recovery," 8 Mar. 2019 Twenty-six mounted members of the Household Cavalry rehearsed the procession route through Windsor, escorting the carriage that will carry the couple on the day, the spokesperson said. Judith Vonberg And Sebastian Shukla, CNN, "British troops rehearse their roles ahead of royal wedding," 17 May 2018 The administrator had spent most of the past week rehearsing answers aimed at deflecting some of the most serious allegations about his ethics and management decisions. Author: Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, Anchorage Daily News, "EPA’s Pruitt admits role in aide’s pay raise but calls attacks on him politically motivated," 27 Apr. 2018 The Rockettes rehearse six hours a day, six days a week, and can perform up to four shows in a day. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "How This Rockette and Mother of Four Gets It Done," 20 Dec. 2018 The Stanford Laptop Orchestra meets to rehearse every Wednesday night in the spring from 7:30 to 10:30 pm (The late hours are a remnant of Wang's night-owl habits as a graduate student. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Aural Magic of Stanford's Laptop Orchestra," 8 June 2018 But one night, while rehearsing a mock execution on stage at England's Wembley Stadium in April 1988, an accident almost cost Cooper his life. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Alice Cooper opens up about mock execution stunt that nearly killed him," 2 Apr. 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 How to pronounce rehearse (audio) \
rehearsed; rehearsing

Kids Definition of rehearse

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

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