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rehearse

[ri-hurs] /rɪˈhɜrs/
verb (used with object), rehearsed, rehearsing.
1.
to practice (a musical composition, a play, a speech, etc.) in private prior to a public presentation.
2.
to drill or train (an actor, musician, etc.) by rehearsal, as for some performance or part.
3.
to relate the facts or particulars of; recount.
verb (used without object), rehearsed, rehearsing.
4.
to rehearse a play, part, etc.; participate in a rehearsal.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
3. delineate, describe, portray; narrate, recapitulate. See relate.
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British Dictionary definitions for rehearser

rehearse

/rɪˈhɜːs/
verb
1.
to practise (a play, concert, etc), in preparation for public performance
2.
(transitive) to run through; recount; recite: the official rehearsed the grievances of the committee
3.
(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 rehearser

rehearse

v.

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.

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