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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
re•hearse /rɪˈhɜrs/USA pronunciation
v., -hearsed, -hears•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- to practice or go through (a play, speech, musical piece, etc.) before giving it in public: [~ + object]She rehearsed her part.[no object]didn't have enough time to rehearse.
- [~ + object] to recite or retell aloud.
(ri hûrs′),USA pronunciation v., -hearsed, -hears•ing. v.t.
- 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;
- to rehearse a play, part, etc.;
participate in a rehearsal.
- Middle French rehercier to repeat, equivalent. to re- re- + hercier to strike, harrow (derivative of herce, herse a harrow); see hearse
- Middle English rehersen, rehercen 1300–50
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged delineate, describe, portray;
narrate, recapitulate. See relate.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
rehearse /rɪˈhɜːs/ vb
Etymology: 16th Century: from Anglo-Norman rehearser, from Old French rehercier to harrow a second time, from re- + herce harrowreˈhearser n
- to practise (a play, concert, etc), in preparation for public performance
- (transitive) to run through; recount; recite: the official rehearsed the grievances of the committee
- (transitive) to train or drill (a person or animal) for the public performance of a part in a play, show, etc
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