rehearsal

A rehearsal is a practice, especially for a performance of some kind. You're likely to be nervous about your magic show if the rehearsal goes badly.

When you practice for a play, read your speech in front of a mirror, or go through a dance performance before the big show, you're taking part in a rehearsal. Any kind of practice session can be called a rehearsal, like a wedding rehearsal or a musician's rehearsal. The Old French root of rehearsal is rehercier, "go over again." Originally, rehearsal just meant "to say something over again;" in the mid-1500s it began to also mean "practice a play."

Definitions of rehearsal
  1. noun
    a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert)
    “he missed too many rehearsals
    “a rehearsal will be held the day before the wedding”
    synonyms: dry run
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    types:
    dress rehearsal
    a full uninterrupted rehearsal in costumes shortly before the first performance
    run-through
    an uninterrupted rehearsal
    walk-through
    a first perfunctory rehearsal of a theatrical production in which actors read their lines from the script and move as directed
    type of:
    drill, exercise, practice, practice session, recitation
    systematic training by multiple repetitions
  2. noun
    (psychology) a form of practice; repetition of information (silently or aloud) in order to keep it in short-term memory
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    type of:
    drill, exercise, practice, practice session, recitation
    systematic training by multiple repetitions
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