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

Davis practiced at left tackle this past week, and is viewed as the front-runner to replace Laremy Tunsil, who Miami traded to the Houston Texans over a week ago. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins sign O-lineman Jesse Davis to a three-year, $15 million extension," 7 Sep. 2019 The dozens of wild horses in the state practiced the same procedure during Hurricane Florence in 2018. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Wild Horses of North Carolina's Outer Banks Will Ride Out Hurricane Dorian 'Butts to the Wind'," 5 Sep. 2019 In addition, the 49ers will cut down on their travel miles by practicing in Youngstown, Ohio, after Sunday’s season opener at Tampa. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Road woe-riors: 49ers aim to end losing streaks," 5 Sep. 2019 Newton didn’t actually practice on this particular day in Spartanburg. Albert Breer, SI.com, "How a Notebook Has Helped Cam Newton Overhaul His Learning Strategy," 5 Sep. 2019 Above, a woman practices sunrise yoga at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.(Omni La Costa Resort & Spa) A roundup of community events in and around La Cañada Flintridge. La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada area events," 3 Sep. 2019 It is still practiced today for returning soldiers. Betty Reid, azcentral, "To Chester Nez, last of the original Code Talkers, the words are more than a code," 29 Aug. 2019 The Cure, based on the belief that giving the digestive system a break helps the body to heal itself, is practiced in clinics across Europe (the Original FX Mayr, Viva Mayr, and the Lanserhof group, to name a few). Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 Born on May 7, 1940 to Maesther Mears Swann and Pervie Price Swann, Richard Swann practiced law for over 56 years in Orlando. orlandosentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 8/25," 25 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In God We Trust: As the City Council prepares to resume its regular meeting schedule tonight, a Cleveland councilman has asked that the practice of opening each meeting with a prayer be reinstated, cleveland.com’s Robert Higgs reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland.com, "Cleveland city prosecutor blames CMHA police over lack of Frank Q. Jackson charges: The Wake Up for Monday, Sept. 9, 2019," 9 Sep. 2019 The practice of cannibalism among the people of New Guinea came to an end in 1960. Gerren Keith Gaynor, Fox News, "Swedish scientist floats eating human flesh as solution to global climate change: reports," 9 Sep. 2019 Federal officials are examining the practices of Amazon and Apple as well as those of Facebook and Google. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "New Google and Facebook Inquiries Show Big Tech Scrutiny Is Rare Bipartisan Act," 6 Sep. 2019 At inside linebacker, Josey Jewell is healthy, but Todd Davis has been out since the first practice of camp with a calf injury. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Behind enemy lines, Broncos vs. Raiders: 5 questions with opposing beat writer," 6 Sep. 2019 Vaping refers to the increasingly popular practice of inhaling vapor from an e-cigarette device, which frequently involves heating a liquid that can contain nicotine, marijuana or other drugs. Lena H. Sun, chicagotribune.com, "Contaminant found in vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses, health officials say," 5 Sep. 2019 Vaping refers to the increasingly popular practice of inhaling vapor from an e-cigarette device, which frequently involves heating a liquid that can contain nicotine, marijuana or other drugs. Anchorage Daily News, "Tests show contaminant found in vaping products linked to deadly lung illnesses," 5 Sep. 2019 While ideas such as packing or remaking the Supreme Court still reside well outside the political mainstream, ending the practice of gerrymandering has been a project of broad public interest for some time. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Grassroots Battle to Save Democracy," 5 Sep. 2019 The first evidence of agriculture comes from the Fertile Crescent, dating to as early as 9,500 B.C., and many archaeologists have long believed that the practice of growing crops was brought to South Asia from the Middle East by migrants. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Rare Ancient DNA Provides Window Into a 5,000-Year-Old South Asian Civilization," 5 Sep. 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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The first known use of practice was in the 14th century

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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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