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

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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 Community members are invited to bring their instruments to rehearse and perform with musicians from the Chicago Philharmonic. Holly Baumbach,, 22 July 2021 In preparation, Anderson and his broadcasting team will rehearse an entire round with stand-ins for the four golfers. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 July 2021 The lab agreed, which allowed the company to rehearse together and for every guest who needed a test to have one. Washington Post, 5 June 2021 In a small clearing in the woods, the 41-year-old watched two performers rehearse a short piece, a modern dance performed, in part, on facing chairs, set next to a downed tree. Washington Post, 26 June 2021 The new facility would give local artists and small arts groups a place to rehearse and show their work. Corinne Dorsey, Dallas News, 15 June 2021 Customize your resume, and rehearse your answers to questions. Tammy Homegardner, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Unlike the Dallas and Fort Worth symphony orchestras, which rehearse several times during the week of their concerts, the Mesquite Symphony rehearses over about six weeks before its performances. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 11 June 2021 People prepare and rehearse for important interactions all the time. Svetlana Whitener, Forbes, 20 May 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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28 Jul 2021

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“Rehearse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 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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