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Definition of rehearsal noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] time that is spent practicing 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
  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.
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