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verb (used with object),re·hearsed, re·hears·ing.
  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.

  1. to relate the facts or particulars of; recount.

verb (used without object),re·hearsed, re·hears·ing.
  1. to rehearse a play, part, etc.; participate in a rehearsal.

Origin of rehearse

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English rehersen, rehercen, from Middle French rehercier “to repeat,” equivalent to re- “again, over and over” + hercier “to strike, harrow” (derivative of herce, herse “a harrow”); see re-, hearse

synonym study For rehearse

3. See relate.

Other words for rehearse

Other words from rehearse

  • re·hears·a·ble, adjective
  • re·hears·er, noun
  • un·re·hears·a·ble, adjective
  • un·re·hearsed, adjective
  • un·re·hears·ing, adjective
  • well-re·hearsed, adjective

Words Nearby rehearse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rehearse in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for 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

  1. (tr) to train or drill (a person or animal) for the public performance of a part in a play, show, etc

Origin of rehearse

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

Derived forms of rehearse

  • rehearser, noun

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