AskDefine | Define rehearse

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rehearse v : engage in a rehearsal (of) [syn: practise, practice]

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  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.


repeat what has already been said
  • Finnish: toistaa, kerrata
  • Hungarian: ismétel
narrate or tell
  • Hungarian: elmesél
practice by repetition or recitation
  • Czech: zkoušet
  • Finnish: harjoitella
  • German: üben, proben
  • Hungarian: ismétel, felmond, elpróbál
  • Spanish: practicar, ensayar
to cause rehearse or instruct by rehearsal

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