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 Filmed and edited by Sean T Barnes from an original concept by founding bandmates Glenn Bennie and Vincenzo Giarrusso, the kaleidoscopic clip captures the band rehearsing late one night at the Melbourne Town Hall. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Underground Lovers Are Fully Energized In 'Hooky' Music Video: Exclusive Premiere," 31 Oct. 2019 The Army’s elite Delta Force commando unit began drawing up and rehearsing plans to conduct a secret mission to kill or capture the ISIS leader and faced huge hurdles., "How did CIA track down al-Baghdadi? Thanks to one of his wives and a courier - The Boston Globe," 28 Oct. 2019 The training exercise being conducted early Sunday had been planned and rehearsed ahead of time, Aguto said. Fox News, "Georgia soldiers died when vehicle fell from bridge, general says," 22 Oct. 2019 The training exercise being conducted early Sunday had been planned and rehearsed ahead of time, Aguto said. Washington Post, "General: Georgia soldiers died when vehicle fell from bridge," 21 Oct. 2019 Both want things to be immediate and emotional, not over-rehearsed. Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, "Nils Lofgren on Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen: ‘They both like ragged rock ‘n’ roll’," 18 Oct. 2019 With so much to plan and prepare for—that can’t necessarily be rehearsed beforehand or test driven beforehand, couples need answers from those who have been through it before, and Masse serves as a digital version of word of mouth vetting. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "When Your Friends Are Tired of Your Wedding Planning, Here’s Where to Turn for Advice," 10 Oct. 2019 Nominated artist practice their acceptance speeches, performers rehearse their dance routines, and stars primp for the main event–the red carpet. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Beards At The MTV VMAs," 27 Aug. 2019 And having to rehearse, and getting it right — couldn’t get ‘em off, couldn’t get ‘em on! Mary Sollosi,, "How the Friends costume designer created each character’s style," 16 Sep. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of rehearse was in the 14th century

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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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