re·​hearse | \ri-ˈhərs \
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

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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With deep tenderness and a wonderful, feather-light sense of humor, Mr. Thier rehearses ancient conundrums over free will and the existence of evil while itemizing the blessings that make life worth the suffering. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 Brock Akil jokes to the script supervisor before returning her attention to the two monitors in front of her where the show’s stars, Michele Weaver and Will Catlett, rehearse lines. Jason Parham, WIRED, "How Oprah’s Network Finally Found Its Voice," 19 June 2018 On Wednesday, the Royal Family Twitter account posted pictures of the St George's Chapel Choir in full voice, rehearsing for Saturday's ceremony. Judith Vonberg And Sebastian Shukla, CNN, "British troops rehearse their roles ahead of royal wedding," 17 May 2018 But whether rehearsing for a future show or simply learning how to carry their instruments safely, students build those artistic muscles at the youth arts center. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "First Stage actors, MYSO musicians learn from pros at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center," 9 May 2018 In a post-finale interview, Asia explained to Entertainment Weekly that she had painstakingly planned and rehearsed the butterfly release multiple times. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "And the winner of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is ... not Asia after her failed butterfly stunt," 29 June 2018 To watch him practice was to listen to Arthur Rubinstein rehearse on the piano, never producing a sour note, only sweet music. Dick Enberg,, "Dick Enberg Recounts His Special Encounter with Ted Williams," 15 May 2018 Some of his inquisitors appeared annoyed by Mr Zuckerberg’s rehearsed responses, but that did not stop many onlookers from being chuffed by his smooth, slightly robotic, performance. The Economist, "If Facebook will not fix itself, will Congress?," 11 Apr. 2018 Debbie, incandescent with rage, confronted Ruth in the warehouse where GLOW was rehearsing, prompting the show’s wily director, Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), to imagine how sparks might fly between the two women in the ring. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 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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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 \
rehearsed; rehearsing

Kids Definition of rehearse

: to practice in private in preparation for a public performance We rehearsed our play.

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