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 Players were expected to be in their seats and ready to rehearse on time., 14 Oct. 2021 In this effervescent one-act ballet, dancers ritualistically rehearse simple movements such as pliés and tendus until they are equipped to take flight and launch themselves into more elaborate jetés and sautés. Liam Freeman, Vogue, 28 Sep. 2021 The Nazz would rehearse at the Spears' house on Dunlap Avenue. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 22 Sep. 2021 Productions that took months to rehearse came to a screeching halt., 1 Oct. 2021 The Rolling Stones have been in Boston since early August to rehearse for their tour, and, due to the pandemic and the need to quarantine, did not return to the UK after Watts died., 21 Sep. 2021 With only a week to prepare, Russell was hired to pull together a 10-piece band — and a 10-person group of backup singers called the Space Choir — and rehearse for the 48-show run. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 The singer is in New York to rehearse for an upcoming Radio City concert with Tony Bennett. Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 2 Aug. 2021 The Globe canceled that afternoon’s show so that a new actor could rehearse the role, then went ahead with the evening performance. Alex Marshall, New York Times, 15 July 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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“Rehearse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 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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