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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To practice (a part in a play, for example) in preparation for a public performance.
  • transitive v. To direct in rehearsal: rehearsed the orchestra.
  • transitive v. To perfect or cause to perfect (an action) by repetition. See Synonyms at practice.
  • transitive v. To retell or recite.
  • transitive v. To list or enumerate: rehearsed her complaints in a letter. See Synonyms at describe.
  • intransitive v. To practice something, such as a speech, before presenting it publicly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To repeat, as what has been already said; to tell over again; to recite.
  • v. To narrate; to relate; to tell.
  • v. To practice by recitation or repetition in private for experiment and improvement, prior to a public representation; as, to rehearse a tragedy.
  • v. To cause to rehearse; to instruct by rehearsal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To recite or repeat something for practice.
  • transitive v. To repeat, as what has been already said; to tell over again; to recite.
  • transitive v. To narrate; to relate; to tell.
  • transitive v. To recite or repeat in private for experiment and improvement, before a public representation.
  • transitive v. To cause to rehearse; to instruct by rehearsal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To repeat, as what has already been said or written; recite; say or deliver again.
  • To mention; narrate; relate; recount; recapitulate; enumerate.
  • To repeat, act, or perform in private for experiment and practice, preparatory to a public performance: as, to rehearse a tragedy; to rehearse a symphony.
  • To cause to recite or narrate; put through a rehearsal; prompt.
  • Synonyms To detail, describe. See recapitulate.
  • To repeat what has been already said, written, or performed; go through some performance in private, preparatory to public representation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. engage in a rehearsal (of)

Etymologies

Middle English rehercen, to repeat, from Old French rehercier : re-, re- + hercier, to harrow (from herce, harrow; see hearse).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English rehersen, from Anglo-Norman reherser. (Wiktionary)

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