Meaning of “rehearsal” in the English Dictionary

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"rehearsal" in British English

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rehearsalnoun [ C or U ]

uk /rəˈhɜː.səl/ us /rəˈhɝː.səl/

B2 a time when all the people involved in a play, dance, etc. practise in order to prepare for a performance:

They didn't have time for (a) rehearsal before the performance.
He's a producer with three plays in rehearsal.

More examples

  • She hasn't learned her lines yet, and we've got our first rehearsal tomorrow.
  • The dancers were dripping with sweat after a morning's rehearsal.
  • We whizzed through the rehearsal, so that we'd be finished by lunchtime.
  • I've got a rehearsal tonight.
  • The play is currently in rehearsal.

(Definition of “rehearsal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)