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[ri-hurs] /rɪˈhɜrs/
verb (used with object), rehearsed, rehearsing.
to practice (a musical composition, a play, a speech, etc.) in private prior to a public presentation.
to drill or train (an actor, musician, etc.) by rehearsal, as for some performance or part.
to relate the facts or particulars of; recount.
verb (used without object), rehearsed, rehearsing.
to rehearse a play, part, etc.; participate in a rehearsal.
Origin of rehearse
1300-50; Middle English rehersen, rehercen < Middle French rehercier to repeat, equivalent to re- re- + hercier to strike, harrow (derivative of herce, herse a harrow); see hearse
Related forms
rehearsable, adjective
rehearser, noun
unrehearsable, adjective
unrehearsed, adjective
unrehearsing, adjective
well-rehearsed, adjective
3. delineate, describe, portray; narrate, recapitulate. See relate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for rehearse
  • Instead, take time to prepare and rehearse before confronting a potentially difficult conversation.
  • Take each of the odd questions and rehearse ways you might answer it naturally.
  • It then starts expanding again in the fall-a time to learn and rehearse new tunes.
  • Without actually touching any equipment, rehearse the motions of opening the particular type of emergency door.
  • They brought out the fact that she visited the courtroom with prosecutors to rehearse about a week before she took the stand.
  • So much has been written debunking this kind of argument that there's no need to rehearse it here.
  • On the second day in space the crew will rehearse their deorbit routine.
  • And once you have a plan, make sure you rehearse it.
  • Posting here helps you articulate that philosophy and rehearse your responses and decisions.
  • Typically, day racing affords skippers and crews hours to get things shipshape and to rehearse starts, tacks and jibes.
British Dictionary definitions for rehearse


to practise (a play, concert, etc), in preparation for public performance
(transitive) to run through; recount; recite: the official rehearsed the grievances of the committee
(transitive) to train or drill (a person or animal) for the public performance of a part in a play, show, etc
Derived Forms
rehearser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Anglo-Norman rehearser, from Old French rehercier to harrow a second time, from re- + herce harrow
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Word Origin and History for rehearse

c.1300, "to give an account of," from Anglo-French rehearser, Old French rehercier "to go over again, repeat," literally "to rake over, turn over" (soil, ground), from re- "again" (see re-) + hercier "to rake, harrow" (see hearse). Meaning "to say over again, repeat what has already been said or written" is from mid-14c.; sense of "practice a play, part, etc." is from 1570s. Related: Rehearsed; rehearsing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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