- 1Practice (a play, piece of music, or other work) for later public performance: we were rehearsing a play [no object]: she was rehearsing for her world tourMore example sentences
- They also visited the school where the play was rehearsed before the debut performance.
- One day the orchestra was rehearsing a commissioned work.
- Lines were learned hurriedly - in some cases only half-learned - songs and music were rehearsed until vocal chords and fingers were sore.
- 1.1Supervise (a performer or group) that is practicing in this way: he listened to Charlie rehearsing the bandMore example sentences
- Her sister Doris had been employed to rehearse a group of dancing girls for a road show.
- As the logistics of rehearsing a large group with electric instruments became increasingly difficult, Klein and Ford found themselves increasingly drawn to acoustic practices in the comfort of their living room.
- Did you need a long time to rehearse your actors?
- 1.2Mentally prepare or recite (words one intends to say): he had rehearsed a thousand fine phrasesMore example sentences
- As she walking down the corridor, she rehearsed mentally the words she would say to him later.
- He had been prepared for this and even mentally rehearsed such activities.
- Thinking up answers and rehearsing them mentally, would give them a lot of confidence when going through the real event.
- 1.3State (a list of points, especially those that have been made many times before); enumerate: criticisms of factory farming have been rehearsed often enoughMore example sentences
- My Lord, I do not propose to rehearse the arguments that were put forward by Mr Kovats and, indeed, that your Lordship has considered in the judgment.
- I heartily agree and am consequently tempted to stop rehearsing the details of Beerbohm's life.
- I don't want to rehearse my criticisms of his tactics or the failures of his deplorable regime during the Oslo negotiations and thereafter.
Middle English (in the sense 'repeat aloud'): from Old French rehercier, perhaps from re- 'again' + hercer 'to harrow', from herse 'harrow' (see hearse).