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 Other Chinese groups, however, practice their nefarious actions in the shadows in an attempt to exercise influence over U.S. citizens and lawmakers. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Pompeo warns governors of Chinese infiltration into US: 'It's happening in your state'," 9 Feb. 2020 The majority of physicians practicing in the U.S. — 56.2 percent— are white, and 17 percent are Asian, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Less than 6 percent of doctors are Latino. Researcher says shortage will affect patient care," 8 Feb. 2020 Clifton, who had been skating on his own with fellow rehabbing defenseman Kevan Miller, practiced in a red non-contact jersey. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Brandon Carlo to miss game against Coyotes," 7 Feb. 2020 Despite having to practice in hallways, the Chinese opened with a 6-1 victory against Thailand on Friday. Andrew Das, New York Times, "U.S. Women’s Team Qualifies for Olympic Soccer Tournament," 7 Feb. 2020 Voodoo is a religion primarily practiced in Haiti and parts of Africa; it is known in Haiti as Vodou. Washington Post, "Charges withdrawn in ‘Voodoo ritual’ assault case," 4 Feb. 2020 Records show Montes now practices in American Fork, Utah. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Prescott woman pays $15K for dental work, then has to go to 2nd dentist for repairs," 30 Jan. 2020 Minority faiths are allowed to practice in Iran, which fills the No. Doug Bandow, National Review, "A New Ranking of Nations Where Christians Are Persecuted Most," 28 Jan. 2020 The physicians who prescribed the Subsys to non-cancer patients practiced in Alabama, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Florida, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Arkansas. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "John Kapoor, founder of Insys Therapeutics, sentenced to 66 months in landmark fentanyl bribery case," 24 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun McNamara was unsurprised when Chan decided to leave full-time medical practice to lead CZI. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "Priscilla Chan charts an ambitious, unglamorous course to fight disease. (Her husband is involved, too.)," 11 Feb. 2020 Giles has long defended the city's unique practice. Alison Steinbach, azcentral, "Mesa's unusual — but longstanding — way of spending utility money could go to voters," 10 Feb. 2020 Camaro turned in the second-fastest speed in Saturday practice at 203.192 mph on Saturday. Jason Hoffman, Cincinnati.com, "Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kroger to lead the field to the green flag at the 2020 Daytona 500," 10 Feb. 2020 The program is in a dangerous state of limbo, with spring practices expected to begin in less than a month. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football is in danger of re-entering the dark ages," 10 Feb. 2020 Other requirements, like having to store sensitive data in systems that are located within the subcontinent, may put constraints on certain business practices and are considered more controversial by some. Lukasz Olejnik, Wired, "India's Data Protection Bill Threatens Global Cybersecurity," 8 Feb. 2020 Several industry lobbying groups, meanwhile, urged the Louisiana Supreme Court, which oversees student law practice in the state, to investigate the law clinic. Sara Sneath, ProPublica, "How Louisiana Lawmakers Stop Residents’ Efforts to Fight Big Oil and Gas," 7 Feb. 2020 Many public health specialists are optimistic that the outbreak will burn out as a consequence of stringent infection control and quarantine practices. John A. Lednicky, The Conversation, "As China suffers from coronavirus, some wonder: Is it really that serious? 3 questions answered," 7 Feb. 2020 Just this week, he was pictured visiting an Indiana State basketball practice. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Once icy relationship between Bob Knight, Indiana thawing out," 6 Feb. 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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Last Updated

13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practice. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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 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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