WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•hearse /rɪˈhɝs/USA pronunciation   v., -hearsed, -hears•ing. 
  1. 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.
  2. [+ object] to recite or retell aloud.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•hearse  (ri hûrs), 
v., -hearsed, -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;

  • v.i. 
  • to rehearse a play, part, etc.;
    participate in a rehearsal.
  • Etymology:
    • 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
    re•hearsa•ble, adj. 
    re•hearser, n. 
    3 . delineate, describe, portray;
    narrate, recapitulate. See relate. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    rehearse /rɪˈhɜːs/ vb
    1. to practise (a play, concert, etc), in preparation for public performance
    2. (transitive) to run through; recount; recite: the official rehearsed the grievances of the committee
    3. (transitive) to train or drill (a person or animal) for the public performance of a part in a play, show, etc
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Anglo-Norman rehearser, from Old French rehercier to harrow a second time, from re- + herce harrow

    reˈhearser n

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