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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rehearser noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Families tidied their rooms, cleaned off their pianos and rehearsed camera angles and lighting. John Branch, New York Times, "A 92-Year-Old Piano Teacher Won’t Let Students Miss Bach in the Pandemic," 15 May 2020 She was moved by Danielle rehearsing her performance as well. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'The Voice' recap: Nick Jonas attempts two unsuccessful steals; players prefer fellow coaches," 14 Apr. 2020 Military units have already rehearsed the traditional Red Square parade, drilling outside Moscow, and leaders such as France's Emmanuel Macron and India's Narendra Modi had promised to attend. Daria Litvinova, The Christian Science Monitor, "Putin's political agenda on hold as he faces virus backlash," 13 Apr. 2020 As artists like Tanya Tucker rehearse, the cloud over the show grows darker, and now without one of its brightest names. Vladimir Duthiers, CBS News, "Taylor Swift will not attend this year's Grammys," 24 Jan. 2020 Jorge Navarro Sánchez and Luis Gerardo Rivera were rehearsing a scene Thursday when the incident took place, Televisa said in a statement. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Two actors die in rehearsal for Mexican TV series 'Sin Miedo a la Verdad'," 17 Jan. 2020 Phil La Croix, left, as Iofre Santa Creu, and Zack Synder, as Lord Del Font, rehearse a fight scene at Medieval Times in Buena Park on Wednesday, March 14. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Home charter schools rein in spending of taxpayer money on enrichment amid scrutiny," 15 July 2019 Some of the distinguished guests tonight at the @rockhall 2018 Induction plus a glimpse of @thekillers doing a little @tompettyofficial tribute and @brandonflowers rehearsing his @thecars induction speech. Troy L. Smith,, "Rock Hall 2018: The Killers' Brandon Flowers to lead Tom Petty tribute," 14 Apr. 2018 Once the project came back together a few months later, the cast and crew had four weeks to rehearse before cameras rolled in Victoria. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘True History of the Kelly Gang’ director, stars on their hypnotic outlaw saga," 23 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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 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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