practiced

adjective

prac·​ticed ˈprak-təst How to pronounce practiced (audio)
variants or less commonly practised
1
: experienced, skilled
a practiced chef
2
: learned by practice
a practiced skill

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 We’re simply very practiced, very compatible traveling companions. Susan Vollenweider, Kansas City Star, 24 Jan. 2024 The kitchen moves quickly, in a practiced choreography, and there are none of the lags or pauses necessitated by a dozen different orders coming in at different times, as in a standard à-la-carte dining room. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 29 Oct. 2023 Read full article In Act II the roles are reversed and the Woman must coax the now-morose Man to return to one of his famous routines, which Lauria delivers with practiced ease, along with some eye-rolling jokes. Terry Byrne, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2023 With her chin tucked and her lips pursed in practiced sanctimony, Chavez-Richmond nails both Ephraim’s absurdity and his sad, competitive loneliness. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 22 Sep. 2023 Craving the meatiest chunk of the lower leg, a Paleolithic butcher struck again and again with a sharp stone blade, removing flesh from bone with practiced skill. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2023 With calm and practiced efficiency, the staff at Grace Bay Club disassemble and reinforce furniture, and push sandbags up against first-floor doors. Women's Health, 31 July 2023 The dancer is actually quite the practiced acrobat, too. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 12 July 2023 This is why celebrity profiles so often fall flat; the subjects themselves are very guarded individuals and very practiced. Brendan O'Meara, Longreads, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Practiced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practiced. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

practiced

adjective
prac·​ticed
variants or practised
ˈprak-təst
1
: experienced, skilled
a practiced chef
2
: learned by practice

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