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 The Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) being developed and tested for the headsets lets soldiers train, rehearse and fight. Mike Snider, USA Today, "From Minecraft to Zoom calls, we’ve all spent much of the pandemic on our screens. But are we ready for the metaverse?," 21 Apr. 2021 After touchdown, the astronaut stand-ins were expected to re-enter the capsule and rehearse the same post-landing procedures commercial crews will use after their flights. William Harwood, CBS News, "Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin moves closer to passenger launches with 15th test flight," 14 Apr. 2021 Post-landing, workers will get back inside the capsule to rehearse opening and exiting the hatch at its landing site. Paul O'donnell, Dallas News, "Tune in Wednesday when Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sends a rocket skyward in prelude to human flight," 13 Apr. 2021 Then, campers will join faculty on campus Friday to rehearse and perform an outdoor concert that brings together all of their classes from the week. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Another week with strange coincidences: Whit & Whimsey," 2 Apr. 2021 The band is anxious to come together again to rehearse and perform. Katie V. Jones,, "Laurel-based Phantom Scimitar stays COVID-safe while recording newest album," 4 Mar. 2021 Stand-up comedy is also well-suited: There is no need for multiple people to gather in one room to rehearse. New York Times, "Live Performing Arts Are Returning to N.Y.C., but Not All at Once," 1 Apr. 2021 Costanzo confided that — true to the nature of a pop-up — the program was essentially assembled the morning of the launch, with practically no time to rehearse. Washington Post, "With NY PopsUp, Jon Batiste strikes up a band to restart the arts on New York’s streets," 21 Feb. 2021 But as the pandemic unfolded, the crews adapted: leveraging technology to rehearse remotely, dancing outdoors and performing via YouTube or Instagram as live events disappeared. Samantha Nobles-block, San Francisco Chronicle, "'A lifesaving thing': Hip-hop dance groups find new purpose amid pandemic," 12 Feb. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Rehearse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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