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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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 Bernecker, whose specialty was high falls, suffered a head injury in suburban Atlanta's Raleigh Studios after reportedly falling more than 20 feet from a balcony and onto a concrete floor while rehearsing a stunt. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Mother of N.O. stuntman killed on 'Walking Dead' set files lawsuit: report," 24 Jan. 2018 Maestoso is rehearsing for his first solo performance on Saturday, June 17, at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek when another season of Lipizzan shows begins at the venue. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "'It's a labor of love': Tempel Farms celebrates 60 years of raising and training Lipizzans," 15 June 2018 Summoned to court in the middle of the night by the king’s messenger with news that rebel factions are joining forces, Hal rehearses for the meeting with his surrogate father, Falstaff, his mentor in debauchery and mordant repartee. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Tom Hanks, Hamish Linklater and a 'Henry IV' worthy of applause," 10 June 2018 The shot showed the Duke of Sussex rehearsing his speech for the Invictus Games in Sydney. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Took a Gorgeous Photo of Meghan Markle During Royal Tour," 1 Nov. 2018 Santa is apparently rehearsing for a musical concert but only knows one song — guess who’ll be able to help him out. James Vincent, The Verge, "Google Assistant adds Pretty Please functionality, updated lists, and other features," 29 Nov. 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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