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From Middle English rehersen, from Anglo-Norman reherser.


rehearse ‎(third-person singular simple present rehearses, present participle rehearsing, simple past and past participle rehearsed)

  1. 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.
  2. To narrate; to relate; to tell.
    The witness rehearsed the events of the night before for the listening detectives.
  3. To practice by recitation or repetition in private for experiment and improvement, prior to a public representation; as, to rehearse a tragedy.
    The lawyer advised her client to rehearse her testimony before the trial date.
  4. 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.
    • Charles Dickens
      He has been rehearsed by Madame Defarge as to his having seen her.


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