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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Social media allows us to rehearse visiting a place, even a place one is familiar with. Daisy Alioto, Condé Nast Traveler, "What’s the Real Appeal of the TWA Hotel?," 14 June 2019 Before hitting the road, the cast was able to rehearse on the set for the Broadway staging of the show, which generally doesn’t happen. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ brings chaos to the Majestic Theatre," 11 June 2019 Nearby, a capoeira group rehearses, and a bit further several dozen tai chi students push the air gently away in this direction and that. Juan Cristóbal Cobo, National Geographic, "This city bans cars every Sunday—and people love it," 27 Mar. 2019 While other first-graders were filling in coloring books, Chandler competed in 7-on-7 tournaments and rehearsed footwork drills with dad in the backyard. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Chandler Morris's Unconventional Recruitment Ends in Joining Dad at Arkansas," 14 June 2019 The 38 -member cast has a grueling schedule rehearsing Monday through Saturday for five-to-six hours nightly learning lines and intricate dance scenes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A Ghoulishly School Affair: Behind the scenes at La Costa Canyon High School’s production of The Addams Family," 11 Apr. 2019 The weekend kicked off with the teens attending rehearsals for the Grammys at the Staples Center and getting to see Chloe x Halle, H.E.R., the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Post Malone (a group fave) rehearse for their performances. Seventeen, "These Teens Attended the 2019 Grammys Like IRL Celebrities and It's Total GOALS," 12 Feb. 2019 Dancers must be available to rehearse twice weekly from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays in Vista. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Square dance club holds community hoedowns ...North County events," 5 June 2019 So while the ensemble rehearsed, lights, sound, and chairs were moved outside to the adjacent O’Day Park. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Ensemble dedicated to Latin American composers builds musical bridges in Boston," 25 May 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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