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“rehearse” in British English

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uk /rəˈhɜːs/ us /rəˈhɝːs/

C1 [ I or T ] to practise a play, a piece of music, etc. in order to prepare it for public performance:

The musicians rehearsed (the symphony) for the concert.
figurative On her way to her interview she silently rehearsed what she would say.

[ T ] formal When someone rehearses a story or an argument, they repeat it with all the details:

These are arguments that I've heard rehearsed at meetings many times before.

More examples

  • She's rehearsing for a play she's doing.
  • I'm rehearsing with my choir tonight.
  • We'd rehearsed so many times we were sick of the show before we'd started.
  • His mother rehearsed his lines with him and by the time the play opened he was word perfect.
  • We rehearsed each scene over and over.

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

“rehearse” in American English

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rehearseverb [ I/T ]

us /rɪˈhɜrs/

to practice something, such as music or a speech, or lead a person or group in practicing it, in order to prepare for a public performance:

[ I ] We rehearse all day and do the show that evening.

(Definition of “rehearse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)