a session of exercise, drill, or practice, usually private, in preparation for a public performance, ceremony, etc.: a play rehearsal; a wedding rehearsal.
the act of rehearsing.
a repeating or relating: a rehearsal of grievances.

1350–1400; Middle English rehersaille. See rehearse, -al2

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rehearsal (rɪˈhɜːsəl)
1.  a session of practising a play, concert, speech etc, in preparation for public performancethe act of reciting
2.  the act of going through or recounting; recital: rehearsal of his own virtues was his usual occupation
3.  in rehearsal being prepared for public performance

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rehearsal re·hears·al (rĭ-hûr'səl)
The process of repeating information, such as a name or a list of words, in order to remember it.

re·hearse' v.
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Example sentences
The performance sequences at their best come close to ecstasy, while the rehearsal sequences are disciplined and businesslike.
Answering the morning mail is a rehearsal for the work of the day.
Yet much theatre persists in flinging freelance actors together for rehearsal
  periods of six weeks or less.
One is surveillance and reconnaissance of the future intended target and the
  other is rehearsal.
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