rehearse

rehearse
[[t]rɪhɜ͟ː(r)s[/t]]
rehearses, rehearsing, rehearsed
1) VERB When people rehearse a play, dance, or piece of music, they practise it in order to prepare for a performance.

[V n] In his version, a group of actors are rehearsing a play about Joan of Arc...

[V for n] Tens of thousands of people have been rehearsing for the opening ceremony in the workers' stadium...

The cast and crew, who'd never worked together, were only given three and a half weeks to rehearse.

2) VERB If you rehearse something that you are going to say or do, you silently practise it by imagining that you are saying or doing it.

[V n] Anticipate any tough questions and rehearse your answers...

[V wh] We encouraged them to rehearse what they were going to say.

3) VERB If you rehearse something, you repeat it in detail. [FORMAL]

[V n] Yesterday's speech to the Scottish party conference rehearsed the arguments again.


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  • Rehearse — Re*hearse (r?*h?rs ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Rehearsed} ( h?rst ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Rehearsing}.] [OE. rehercen, rehersen, OF. reherser, rehercier, to harrow over again; pref. re re + hercier to harrow, fr. herce a harrow, F. herse. See {Hearse}.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rehearse — [ri hʉrs′] vt. rehearsed, rehearsing [ME rehercen < OFr rehercer, lit., to harrow again < re , again + hercer, to harrow < herce, a harrow: see HEARSE] 1. to repeat aloud as heard or read; recite 2. to tell in detail; narrate or describe …   English World dictionary

  • Rehearse — Re*hearse , v. i. To recite or repeat something for practice. There will we rehearse. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rehearse — index practice (train by repetition), recite, review Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rehearse — (v.) 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 (see RE (Cf. re )) + hercier to rake, harrow (see HEARSE (Cf. hearse)). Meaning to say o …   Etymology dictionary

  • rehearse — *relate, narrate, describe, recite, recount, state, report Analogous words: *repeat, iterate, reiterate: detail, itemize, particularize (see corresponding adjectives at CIRCUMSTANTIAL) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • rehearse — [v] prepare for performance act, depict, describe, do over, drill, dry run*, experiment, go over, go through, hold a reading*, hone, iterate, learn one’s part, narrate, practice, ready, recapitulate, recite, recount, reenact, reiterate, relate,… …   New thesaurus

  • rehearse — ► VERB 1) practise (a play, piece of music, or other work) for later public performance. 2) state (a list of points that have been made many times before). ORIGIN originally in the sense «repeat aloud»: from Old French rehercier, perhaps from… …   English terms dictionary

  • rehearse — v. (D; intr., tr.) to rehearse for (to rehearse for a concert) * * * [rɪ hɜːs] (D; intr., tr.) to rehearse for (to rehearse for a concert) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • rehearse — verb ADVERB ▪ carefully ▪ mentally ▪ She mentally rehearsed what she would say to Jeff. PREPOSITION ▪ for ▪ We re reh …   Collocations dictionary

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