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.

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

rehearsable, adjective
rehearser, noun
unrehearsable, adjective
unrehearsed, adjective
unrehearsing, adjective
well-rehearsed, adjective

3. delineate, describe, portray; narrate, recapitulate. See relate.
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rehearse (rɪˈhɜːs)
1.  to practise (a play, concert, etc), in preparation for public performance
2.  (tr) to run through; recount; recite: the official rehearsed the grievances of the committee
3.  (tr) to train or drill (a person or animal) for the public performance of a part in a play, show, etc
[C16: from Anglo-Norman rehearser, from Old French rehercier to harrow a second time, from re- + herce harrow]

unrehearsed (ˌʌnrɪˈhɜːst)
(of a play, speech, etc) not having been practised in advance

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "to give an account of," from Anglo-Fr. rehearser, O.Fr. rehercier "to go over again, repeat," lit. "to rake over," from re- "again" + hercier "to rake, harrow" (see hearse). Meaning "to say over again" is from mid-14c.; sense of "practice a play, part, etc." is from
1570s. Rehearsal dinner first attested 1953.
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