Definition of rehearsal in English:



  • 1A practice or trial performance of a play or other work for later public performance.

    ‘rehearsals for the opera season’
    • ‘She is in the second week of rehearsals for her latest production.’
    • ‘Her work is entirely voluntary and includes weekly rehearsals for two youth orchestras.’
    • ‘And from the start of the third term, rehearsals for the end of year show move into full swing.’
    • ‘At other times, the men came together only for sounds checks, rehearsals and a performance.’
    • ‘It is free for University members to watch both the rehearsals and the performance.’
    • ‘Some songs developed from rehearsals or demos, but this was nothing new for the band.’
    • ‘The actors meet and put themselves through months of improvisation and rehearsals before a scene is filmed.’
    • ‘For the bigger shows, there were often two or three days of rehearsals, to get the coordination right.’
    • ‘I talked to Boyd, during rehearsals, about the thinking behind the production.’
    • ‘The group is very busy with rehearsals and making props for the show, and rehearsing three nights a week.’
    • ‘We are allowing you to miss the first hour of any of the full orchestra rehearsals if need be.’
    • ‘They are now in rehearsals for a full length play to enter at drama festivals and other venues.’
    • ‘They'll have to endure five gruelling rehearsals to learn how to sing, wave and dance in exactly the correct way.’
    • ‘I hope to begin rehearsals again by the end of the year and book a tour for next year.’
    • ‘They had followed Laura for a day, in class and rehearsals, getting ready and then appearing in performance.’
    • ‘So I set up three or four weeks of solid rehearsals, different scenes every night.’
    • ‘One of its latest initiatives to take theatre close to the masses is opening up rehearsals to the public.’
    • ‘All the hard work and dedication to rehearsals came to fruition when the panto opened in January.’
    • ‘Clubs that are taking part in the upcoming drama competition are busy in rehearsals at the moment.’
    • ‘Currently rehearsals are ongoing for the upcoming Pantomime to be staged in early December.’
    practice, practice session, try-out, trial performance, read-through, sing-through, walk-through, run-through, going-over, drill
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    1. 1.1The action or process of rehearsing.
      ‘I've had two weeks in rehearsal’
      [as modifier] ‘a rehearsal room’
      • ‘Over the next month they will be fitting in as much rehearsal together as possible around their already full diaries.’
      • ‘We spend a lot of time in rehearsal on the floor laughing our heads off, making discoveries, trying things.’
      • ‘From the writing process, to the rehearsal room, to the studio and to the stage, he has heard them every step of the way.’
      • ‘She stretched then stood and left her room, sure that it was nearly time for rehearsal.’
      • ‘We didn't meet them before because we wanted to work on the characters ourselves and do that in rehearsal.’
      • ‘A rehearsal room originally planned for the top floor is now used as a production office.’
      • ‘All three plays are now in rehearsal, under the direction of Catherine and Mary.’
      • ‘The team reached the city well in advance and had hectic rehearsal sessions to fine-tune skills.’
      • ‘I thought I detected a blush but they've been very professional in rehearsal.’
      • ‘The studios will include rehearsal rooms for the benefit of young bands in existence around Waterford.’
      • ‘Caught during a break in rehearsal, they have the air of two people having huge and exhausting fun.’
      • ‘The third will house community art groups, seminar and rehearsal areas and office space.’
      • ‘Then, two days before the performance, Ivan sprained his ankle in rehearsal.’
      • ‘They had been in rehearsal every night for the past two weeks, so they knew what they were doing.’
      • ‘If it's extremely complex, then I'll have to book more rehearsal time to work around it.’
      • ‘Not only are there numerous musicians to choose from, but there are also benefits such as free rehearsal space.’
      • ‘All three smiled confidently and gave a relaxed, free rendition that showed rehearsal time well spent.’
      • ‘In rehearsal for this particular piece, dancers lay on the floor with their eyes closed.’
      • ‘The renovations will also create a second theatre space and two rehearsal studios.’
      • ‘So here I am in rehearsal doing our last run through of the song.’