verb (used with object), re·hearsed, re·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; recount.
verb (used without object), re·hearsed, re·hears·ing.
- to rehearse a play, part, etc.; participate in a rehearsal.
- (of a play, speech, etc) not having been practised in advance
- to practise (a play, concert, etc), in preparation for public performance
- (tr) to run through; recount; recitethe official rehearsed the grievances of the committee
- (tr) to train or drill (a person or animal) for the public performance of a part in a play, show, etc
v.c.1300, “to give an account of,” from Anglo-French rehearser, Old French rehercier “to go over again, repeat,” literally “to rake over, turn over” (soil, ground), from re- “again” (see re-) + hercier “to rake, harrow” (see hearse). Meaning “to say over again, repeat what has already been said or written” is from mid-14c.; sense of “practice a play, part, etc.” is from 1570s. Related: Rehearsed; rehearsing.