[ 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

First recorded in 1350–1400, rehearsal is from the Middle English word rehersaille. See rehearse, -al2


pre·re·hears·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rehearsal

/ (rɪˈhɜːsəl) /


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; recitalrehearsal of his own virtues was his usual occupation
in rehearsal being prepared for public performance
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Medical definitions for rehearsal

[ rĭ-hûrsəl ]


The process of repeating information, such as a name or a list of words, in order to remember it.

Other words from rehearsal

re•hearse v.
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