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 His answers were at times long-winded, without the practiced pauses typically heard in prepared speeches. Hope Yen And Calvin Woodward, Houston Chronicle, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely says 99% of virus cases benign," 5 July 2020 The four journalists are some of the most practiced reporters and commentators on television. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Four Seasoned Journalists Will Moderate Tonight’s Presidential Debate—They Happen to Be Women," 20 Nov. 2019 Troops practiced emergency first aid response and trained on the flight deck and in the aircraft carrier hangar deck, at times using guns made of rubber in battle scenarios. Washington Post, "Warship shows Japan’s determination to expand military role," 3 July 2019 But in practiced hands, the trick shot can let a player seem to cover the entire court with relative ease, even in the most desperate situations. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mario Tennis Aces review: Turning tennis into a fighting game," 22 June 2018 Giuliani was a practiced hand at the cable TV battles. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 'Donald Trump is getting sick of Rudy Giuliani' storyline is the most predictable thing ever," 8 May 2018 Crews at Mitchell International Airport were firing up massive machines that plow and sweep runways in precise, practiced movements done between takeoffs and landings of commercial jet airliners. Joe Taschler, USA TODAY, "Airport challenge: Clearing runways a choreographed snow dance," 17 Jan. 2018 Not all of Silo’s crossover strengths — the creative bars, the practiced service, the sense of place — translated to Silo Prime. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Fairmount’s Silo Prime a dimmer version of Silo excellence," 8 Mar. 2018 No living conductor knows more about these scores and their historical context, has a closer regard for textual fidelity or a more practiced understanding of how to bring them to dramatic life on stage than Muti. John Von Rhein,, "For CSO season finale, Riccardo Muti offers an Italian opera fest fit for a king," 23 June 2017

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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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16 Jul 2020

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“Practiced.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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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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