Definition of rehearsal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈhɜːsl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈhɜːrsl//
    Producing a play
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] time that is spent practising a play or piece of music in preparation for a public performance to have a rehearsal We only had six days of rehearsal. Our new production of ‘Hamlet’ is currently in rehearsal. a rehearsal room The leading man broke his leg in the middle of rehearsals. see also dress rehearsal Wordfindercue, dresser, matinee, opening night, ovation, performance, prompter, rehearsal, scene-shifter, stage manager See related entries: Producing a play
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] rehearsal (for something) an experience or event that helps to prepare you for something that is going to happen in the future These training exercises are designed to be a rehearsal for the invasion. Life is not a rehearsal.
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] rehearsal of something (formal) the act of repeating something that has been said before We listened to his lengthy rehearsal of the arguments.
  4. Extra examples He apologized for his outburst at rehearsal. How did the rehearsal go? I attended my friend’s wedding rehearsal. I’ll see you at band rehearsal on Monday! The wedding rehearsal dinner is tonight. They’re performing every night and they have another production in rehearsal. We only had one full rehearsal. a dress rehearsal for a Broadway play a rehearsal of the final scene rehearsals for ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Our new production of ‘Hamlet’ is currently in rehearsal.
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