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

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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 Japan was one of the first countries hit by the pandemic, but the government was able to keep cases at bay by enacting stringent border controls, investing efforts in contact tracing and pushing its citizens to practice social distancing. James Griffiths, CNN, "Japan poised for state of emergency as Covid-19 cases soar," 4 Jan. 2021 The department asked that all participants wear masks, practice social distancing and meet in family units living in same household, not large groups. Amanda Blanco, courant.com, "State park First Day Hikes program goes virtual, self-guided for New Year’s 2021," 1 Jan. 2021 Singer was thrust into the local spotlight, advocating for people to wear masks and practice social distancing and regularly advising Carroll County’s Board of Commissioners and Board of Education. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Navigating the pandemic: Carroll County Health Department faced ‘difficult balancing act’ throughout 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Like employees elsewhere, workers were required to wear masks, practice social distancing, increase hand-washing and limit size of crews. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County: A Year in Review," 27 Dec. 2020 Wiseman and Green have yet to practice in training camp after testing positive for the coronavirus. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Dec. 10-16," 26 Dec. 2020 At some aquariums and water parks, real people perform as mermaids and have to practice holding their breath and keeping their eyes open underwater for a long time. Peter Goggin, The Conversation, "Mermaids aren’t real – but they’ve fascinated people around the world for ages," 14 Dec. 2020 Even with the vaccine, people will probably still have to practice physical distancing and wear masks. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "Who will be at the front of the line for vaccines in California? Here’s what we know," 14 Dec. 2020 Center Bam Adebayo said that means players have to practice vigilance amid these uncertain times, the NBA no longer implementing ultimate risk mitigation. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "Miami Heat about to move into pandemic play, with COVID-19 concerns beyond bubble," 27 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The New Orleans Saints will be signing 42-year-old long snapper John Denney to their practice squad, according to his agent, Ian Greengross. Amie Just | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Saints to sign 42-year-old long snapper John Denney to practice squad," 11 Jan. 2021 But the ruling had a profound effect on the young LGBTQ patients Arora and Khanna see in their practice. Abhishyant Kidangoor, Time, "This Indian Same-Sex Couple Is Fighting for the Right to Marry. But Is Their Country Ready?," 5 Jan. 2021 Helen Salisbury, a general practitioner in the English city of Oxford, told the BBC's Today program Friday that her practice had not as yet canceled existing second appointments next week. Laura Smith-spark And Nada Bashir, CNN, "UK chief medical officers defend delay of second Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses," 1 Jan. 2021 Another is the importance of changing up your practice. Tom Vanderbilt, WSJ, "For New Year’s Resolutions, Never Think You’re Too Old to Become a Beginner," 31 Dec. 2020 At the opposite end of the country, on the coast of Maine, a family-medicine physician who runs her own practice in the poorest county in the state has been unable to get an answer about when she can get vaccinated. Isaac Stanley-becker, Anchorage Daily News, "Shots are slow to reach arms as Trump administration leaves final steps of mass vaccination to beleaguered states," 31 Dec. 2020 Answer three simple questions, and the app will come back with some options to really personalize your practice. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "The 32 Best Workout Apps So You Can Exercise Anywhere," 30 Dec. 2020 Then, in March, the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, two members of a choir in Washington state died, and dozens more fell ill after their two-hour practice became a super-spreader event. Richard Read Seattle Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Times, "A baritone finds a safe way choirs can sing together again: over car radios," 30 Dec. 2020 Since the moment the team had its spring practice cancelled due to COVID-19, this season has been different. Giana Han, al, "Team leaders keep Tigers focused and motivated through ‘whirlwind’ month," 30 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of practice was in the 14th century

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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practice. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for practice

practice

verb
How to pronounce practice (audio)

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 practice (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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