[ ri-hurs ]
/ rɪˈhɜrs /

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

to rehearse a play, part, etc.; participate in a rehearsal.

Origin of rehearse

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

OTHER WORDS FROM rehearse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for unrehearsed (1 of 2)

/ (ˌʌnrɪˈhɜːst) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for unrehearsed (2 of 2)

/ (rɪˈhɜːs) /


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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