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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.
1350-1400; Middle English rehersaille. See rehearse, -al2
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prerehearsal, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rehearsals
  • As a college student, my eyes would often well up with tears during my twice-a-week choir rehearsals.
  • The start of previews was a few days away, and the cast and crew had begun technical rehearsals.
  • These striking results suggest that there's something special about the mental rehearsals that happen during dreaming sleep.
  • There are no rehearsals, adding a certain sense of unpredictability.
  • These include dress rehearsals and offering entertainment to keep shoppers calm in line.
  • She would begin rehearsals by asking specific questions of the dancers: about memories, about their daily lives.
  • There she has worked intensively with younger musicians in rehearsals and performances of chamber music.
  • Our rehearsals usually run three days a week, for an hour to two hours.
  • rehearsals can be long and usually take place daily, even on weekends and holidays.
  • Participants conduct plan rehearsals and implement tactical plans in realistic scenario-based field exercises.
British Dictionary definitions for rehearsals


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 rehearsals



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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rehearsals 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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