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[ri-hur-suh l] /rɪˈhɜr səl/
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.
Origin of rehearsal
1350-1400; Middle English rehersaille. See rehearse, -al2
Related forms
prerehearsal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rehearsal
  • 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.
  • Your last rehearsal was perfect, and you're ready to go.
  • If nothing happened, they'd had a rehearsal for a perceived larger threat.
  • And one wall of the rehearsal room lifts open to create an indoor-outdoor space, with the wall serving as its awning.
  • Take a look at the behind the scenes rehearsal of the show by clicking here.
  • As each slide appears a rehearsal clock will appear in the upper left corner.
  • In all seriousness, you might want to visit a regional-or-better theatre in rehearsal sometime.
British Dictionary definitions for rehearsal


a session of practising a play, concert, speech etc, in preparation for public performance the act of reciting
the act of going through or recounting; recital: rehearsal of his own virtues was his usual occupation
in rehearsal, being prepared for public performance
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Word Origin and History for rehearsal

late 14c., "restatement, repetition of the words of another," from rehearse + -al (2), or from Old French rehearsal "a repeating." Sense in theater and music, "act of rehearsing," is from 1570s. Pre-wedding rehearsal dinner attested by 1953.

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rehearsal in Medicine

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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