Definition of rehearse in English:


Line breaks: re|hearse
Pronunciation: /rɪˈhəːs


[with object]
  • 1Practise (a play, piece of music, or other work) for later public performance: we were rehearsing a radio 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, practise, try out, read through, sing through, walk through, run through/over, go over
    North American informal run down
    practise, have a practice session, prepare, have a trial performance, go through one's paces
  • 1.1Supervise (a performer or group) during a rehearsal: 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.



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  • 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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