prac·​ticed | \ ˈprak-təst How to pronounce practiced (audio) \
variants: or less commonly practised

Definition of practiced

1 : experienced, skilled a practiced chef
2 : learned by practice a practiced skill

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Examples of practiced in a Sentence

Only a few of the dancers are practiced in traditional ballet. He split the log with practiced skill.
Recent Examples on the Web Wisecarver, a master in the language of bureaucracy, talked his subordinates through their paper chase with a practiced enthusiasm. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part VI: Crossing the Red Line," 2 Mar. 2021 With practiced ease, Gronkowski leapt and secured the catch for a 17-yard touchdown. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "A Key to Brady’s Super Bowl Success? Gronkowski, of Course," 7 Feb. 2021 Miller-Idriss’s work requires making distinctions among groups—QAnon and the Boogaloo movement, for instance—that to a less practiced eye tend to scan as the same kind of crazy. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "The Long Prologue to the Capitol Hill Riot," 18 Jan. 2021 It’s this kind of practiced optimism that keeps us coming back to CES year after year. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Virtual CES Was As Surreal As We All Suspected It Would Be," 15 Jan. 2021 The presence of soft boy middle managers in an emergent coalition of MAGA types and more practiced fascists didn’t make any of it unserious—or at least not exclusively that. Katie Mcdonough, The New Republic, "Die Laughing at the Capitol," 11 Jan. 2021 After a practiced twirl of her fingers, Anastasia Bukhiyeva, an employee at a party supply shop in Moscow, attached a string, and the balloon floated up to a net under the ceiling, joining dozens of others in this upside-down system of storage. New York Times, "Big Push Into Helium Could Have the World on Russia’s String," 8 Dec. 2020 His practiced plan has been to pull that rope and secure the gate once the beefalo is well inside. Jesse Leavenworth,, "A police captain’s white whale: Buddy the Beefalo remains free despite best efforts," 20 Nov. 2020 Fortunately, Charlotte improves quickly, thanks in part to a salve that Mary applies with practiced skill. Justin Chang Film Critic, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Kate Winslet gives her best performance in years in the striking, passionate ‘Ammonite’," 12 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of practiced

1569, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of practiced was in 1569

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7 Mar 2021

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“Practiced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of practiced

: good at doing something because you have done it many times
: learned by doing something again and again

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