[ ri-hurs ]
/ r瑟藞h蓽rs /
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verb (used with object), re路hearsed, re路hears路ing.
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), re路hearsed, re路hears路ing.
to rehearse a play, part, etc.; participate in a rehearsal.
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Origin of rehearse

First recorded in 1300鈥50; Middle English rehersen, rehercen, from Middle French rehercier 鈥渢o repeat,鈥 equivalent to re- 鈥渁gain, over and over鈥 + hercier 鈥渢o strike, harrow鈥 (derivative of herce, herse 鈥渁 harrow鈥); see re-, hearse

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3. See relate.


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How to use rehearse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for rehearse

/ (r瑟藞h蓽藧s) /

to practise (a play, concert, etc), in preparation for public performance
(tr) to run through; recount; recitethe official rehearsed the grievances of the committee
(tr) to train or drill (a person or animal) for the public performance of a part in a play, show, etc

Derived forms of rehearse

rehearser, noun

Word Origin for rehearse

C16: from Anglo-Norman rehearser, from Old French rehercier to harrow a second time, from re- + herce harrow
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