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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): [ɹɪˈhɜːs]
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈhɝs/
- (transitive) To repeat, as what has been already said; to tell over again; to recite.
- There’s no need to rehearse the same old argument; we’ve heard it before, and we all agree.
- (transitive) To narrate; to relate; to tell.
- The witness rehearsed the events of the night before for the listening detectives.
- (transitive, intransitive) To practise by recitation or repetition in private for experiment and improvement, prior to a public representation, especially in theater
- The main actors spent on average two hours a day rehearsing before the first night.
- The lawyer advised her client to rehearse her testimony before the trial date.
- 1648, Robert Herrick, “When he would have his verses read”, in Hesperides:
- In sober mornings, do not thou reherse
The holy incantation of a verse ...
- (transitive, theater) To cause to rehearse; to instruct by rehearsal.
- The director rehearsed the cast incessantly in the days leading up to opening night, and as a result they were tired and cranky when it arrived.
- 1916 March 11, Charles E. Van Loan, “His Folks”, in Saturday Evening Post:
- It was plain that he'd been rehearsed a lot, but he wasn't letter-perfect by any manner of means.
- To contrive and carefully prepare (a story, etc.) to offer consistency.
- The Crown argued that the accused had rehearsed her story.
repeat what has already been said
narrate or tell
practice by repetition or recitation