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

Other Words from rehearse

rehearser noun

Synonyms for rehearse


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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.
Recent Examples on the Web If Noah didn’t get to rehearse then Fritz should have performed by his room too to make this equal and fair. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 9 May 2022 When singer and pianist Martha Davis showed up to rehearse one afternoon, one of the pigeons that roosted in a hole in the wall flew right across the piano. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Apr. 2022 Set over a 6 week period during which the inmates rehearse a musical directed by ex-Eastender’s star Cheryl Fergison. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 18 Apr. 2022 Most bands like to rehearse before a show, but Asesinato prepares by not preparing. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 The Andersons had plenty of time to rehearse during the three or four day drive back to Denton in a Dodge sedan. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Apr. 2022 Run active shooter drills and rehearse key survival elements. Edward Segal, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 All of this, of course, took place before a single note was played, long before Hillis held auditions, planned the group’s debut program, or any players met to rehearse at New Promise Church in Kirtland. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 8 Mar. 2022 My room on the second floor was directly across a narrow alley from an apartment occupied by a pre-goth rock band, fifteen years ahead of its time, called the Dead Skin, which could be counted on to rehearse at any hour of the day or night. David Sipress, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Rehearse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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