transitive verb-·hearsed′, -·hears′ing
- to repeat aloud as heard or read; recite
- to tell in detail; narrate or describe in sequence and at length
- to perform (a play, concert, etc.) for practice, in preparation for a public or formal performance
- to repeat or practice as if rehearsing: to rehearse an alibi
- to drill or train (a person) by rehearsal
Origin of rehearseMiddle English rehercen from Old French rehercer, literally , to harrow again from re-, again + hercer, to harrow from herce, a harrow: see hearse
verbre·hearsed, re·hears·ing, re·hears·es
- a. To practice (a part in a play or a piece of music, for example) in preparation for a public performance. See Synonyms at practice.b. To practice (an action) by repetition so as to improve performance: rehearse military maneuvers.c. To direct in a rehearsal: rehearsed the orchestra.
- a. To repeat or recite: “a florid and flippant attack that rehearsed some of the time-worn creationist canards” ( Frederick C. Crews )b. To list or enumerate: rehearsed her complaints in a letter.
Origin of rehearseMiddle English rehercen to repeat from Old French rehercier re- re- hercier to harrow ( from herce harrow ; see hearse . )
(third-person singular simple present rehearses, present participle rehearsing, simple past and past participle rehearsed)
- 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.
- To narrate; to relate; to tell.
- The witness rehearsed the events of the night before for the listening detectives.
- 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.
- 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.
From Middle English rehersen, from Anglo-Norman reherser.