practice

verb
prac·​tice | \ ˈprak-təs How to pronounce practice (audio) \
variants: or less commonly practise
practiced also practised; practicing also practising

Definition of practice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : carry out, apply practice what you preach
b : to do or perform often, customarily, or habitually practice politeness
c : to be professionally engaged in practice medicine
2a : to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient practice the act
b : to train by repeated exercises practice pupils in penmanship
3 obsolete : plot

intransitive verb

1 : to do repeated exercises for proficiency
2 : to pursue a profession actively
3 archaic : intrigue
4 : to do something customarily
5 : to take advantage of someone he practised on their credulity with huge successThe Times Literary Supplement (London)

practice

noun
variants: or less commonly practise

Definition of practice (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : actual performance or application ready to carry out in practice what they advocated in principle
b : a repeated or customary action had this irritating practice
c : the usual way of doing something local practices
d : the form, manner, and order of conducting legal suits and prosecutions
2a : systematic exercise for proficiency practice makes perfect
b : the condition of being proficient through systematic exercise get in practice
3a : the continuous exercise of a profession
b : a professional business especially : one constituting an incorporeal property

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Other Words from practice

Verb

practicer noun

Synonyms for practice

Synonyms: Verb

exercise, rehearse, run over

Synonyms: Noun

dry run, rehearsal, trial

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Noun

habit, practice, usage, custom, wont mean a way of acting fixed through repetition. habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively. had a habit of tapping his fingers practice suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice. our practice is to honor all major credit cards usage suggests a customary action so generally followed that it has become a social norm. western-style dress is now common usage in international business custom applies to a practice or usage so steadily associated with an individual or group as to have almost the force of unwritten law. the custom of wearing black at funerals wont usually applies to a habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group. as was her wont, she slept until noon

Examples of practice in a Sentence

Verb

To be a good musician, you have to practice a lot. Have you been practicing your lines for the play? She had to practice flying in various weather conditions before she could get her pilot's license. Grandmother taught us to practice good manners. Practice what you preach—don't smoke if you tell your children not to smoke.

Noun

Being a good musician takes a lot of practice. I'm sure you'll learn your lines for the play with enough practice. They'll get better with practice. I'm late for trumpet practice. The marching band has practice every Wednesday afternoon. The team's practices usually last two hours. She has made a practice of volunteering at a homeless shelter one weekend a month. The country's poor sanitation practices have led to widespread disease. Burial practices vary around the world. It is common practice among my friends to not use capital letters in e-mail.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

New England has added several other key pieces after joint workouts, most notably running back LeGarrette Blount and linebacker Jonathan Casillas after practicing with the Buccaneers in 2012 and 2013. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "With #WinWithWynnWednesday, Isaiah Wynn a study in the power of positive thinking," 13 July 2019 For practicing witches, Yemaya has a fierce, nurturing, gentle energy often associated with the moon and sorcery. Amber C. Snider, Teen Vogue, "The History of Yemaya, Santeria's Queenly Ocean Goddess Mermaid," 9 July 2019 Raised in Los Angeles, A.J. Green left her inner-city teaching job at the urging of her students who encouraged her to pursue her dream of practicing medicine in disadvantaged communities. NBC News, "At remote Amazon jungle hospital, U.S. med students learn vital lessons," 8 July 2019 The result was an arrest warrant, executed on Friday, charging Dunbar with seven felony counts of illegally practicing law. David Owens, courant.com, "New Haven man charged with practicing law without a law license," 8 July 2019 So is downloading professional training, including everything from becoming a police officer to practicing medicine or investigative journalism. Zoltan Istvan, Quartz, "In 15 years we’ll be able to upload education to our brains. So can I stop saving for my kids’ college?," 1 July 2019 Like Pasztor, Mather and Sofillas both became good enough to compete at the WSOP by practicing through playing. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "How the owner of a Baltimore sushi restaurant became a World Series of Poker contender," 28 June 2019 After practicing at the shooting range, Angasan now carries her weapon at all times. USA Today, "A deadly place: Alaska is the most dangerous state for women, now they're fighting back," 25 June 2019 By practicing working together to address their feelings, students learn to regulate behavior and emotions. Chirlane Mccray, Fortune, "Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray: Why We're Introducing Social-Emotional Learning in New York City Schools," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Experts point to policing practices and the racial history behind marijuana prohibition as leading to arrest disparities. Izabela Zaluska, BostonGlobe.com, "Marijuana arrests in Wisconsin hit black residents hardest," 15 July 2019 The little kids look up to the big kids, and the big kids are able to get involved with helping at practice and swim lessons. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster Stingrays Swim Team looks at reflection at 30th anniversary," 15 July 2019 Imanuel's commitment to both historical performance practice and opera, including new works, benefited countless students and colleagues during his tenure at The Hartt School. courant.com, "Imanuel Willheim," 14 July 2019 Friday will feature Quaker State 400 practice and qualifying runs along with the Alsco 300, and the Quaker State 400 will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Natalie Decker, Spencer Boyd get a little chippy to start Kentucky Speedway NASCAR weekend," 12 July 2019 The data details the socio-economic status, livelihoods, farming and agricultural practices, and diet of about 150 households in each district. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Between domestic chores and agricultural work, rural Indian women have no time for child-rearing," 10 July 2019 Once that set of sessions with that group was over, I was left to put into practice the coping techniques suggested to us during holiday breaks. Keah Brown, Allure, "Therapy Is Important, Even If You're Happy," 9 July 2019 Late Monday evening, the company published an extensive statement defending the practice and addressing other bugs found by security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Zoom Will Fix the Flaw That Let Hackers Hijack Webcams," 9 July 2019 Unfortunately many lawns fail, not because of neglect, but because of some bad practices and misconceptions. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "9 Biggest Lawn Care Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of practice

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for practice

Verb

Middle English practisen, from Middle French practiser, from Medieval Latin practizare, alteration of practicare, from practica practice, noun, from Late Latin practice, from Greek praktikē, from feminine of praktikos

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practice

verb

English Language Learners Definition of practice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to do something again and again in order to become better at it
: to do (something) regularly or constantly as an ordinary part of your life
: to live according to the customs and teachings of (a religion)

practice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of practice (Entry 2 of 2)

: the activity of doing something again and again in order to become better at it
: a regular occasion at which you practice something
: something that is done often or regularly

practice

verb
prac·​tice | \ ˈprak-təs How to pronounce practice (audio) \
practiced; practicing

Kids Definition of practice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to do or work at often so as to learn well or improve Practice the piano daily.
2 : to do or perform often or usually Try to practice good manners.
3 : to engage in or work at as a profession practice medicine

practice

noun

Kids Definition of practice (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of doing something again and again in order to learn or improve Ballet takes a lot of practice.
2 : a regular event at which something is done again and again to increase skill soccer practice
3 : actual performance : use I put his advice into practice.
4 : a usual way of doing something It's our practice to rise early.
5 : continuous work in a profession the practice of law

practice

verb
prac·​tice
variants: or practise \ ˈprak-​təs How to pronounce practise (audio) \
practiced or practised; practicing or practising

Medical Definition of practice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to be professionally engaged in practice medicine

intransitive verb

: to pursue a profession actively

practice

noun
variants: also practise

Medical Definition of practice (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the continuous exercise of a profession
2 : a professional business especially : one constituting an incorporeal property the doctor sold his practice and retired

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practice

noun
prac·​tice

Legal Definition of practice

1 : the form and manner of conducting judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings
2a : the continuous exercise of a profession also : the performance of services that are considered to require an appropriate license engaged in the unauthorized practice of law
b : a professional business

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