Definition of rehearse in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈhərs/


[with object]
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 tour
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  • 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.
prepare, practice, read through, run through/over, go over
1.1Supervise (a performer or group) that is practicing in this way: he listened to Charlie rehearsing the band
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  • 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 phrases
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  • 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 enough
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  • 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.
enumerate, list, itemize, detail, spell out, catalog, recite, rattle off;
restate, repeat, reiterate, regurgitate, recapitulate, go over, run through
informal recap



Pronunciation: /rəˈhərsər/
Example sentences
  • He is a dedicated rehearser, enjoying the long sessions as much if not more than performances.


Middle English (in the sense 'repeat aloud'): from Old French rehercier, perhaps from re- 'again' + hercer 'to harrow', from herse 'harrow' (see hearse).

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Syllabification: re·hearse

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