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

Attendance Luck remains out, and he hasn’t been medically cleared to practice yet. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts camp observations: Deon Cain, Reece Fountain add to intense receiver competition," 10 Aug. 2019 That's a lot of steps and a lot of tools—and not a lot of opportunity to practice. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Blow Out Your Knee? Hope Your Surgeon's Got a VR Headset," 9 Aug. 2019 Sixth-year senior Tyler Whiley returned to practice after missing the previous two with an illness. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU practice report: Sun Devils cleaning things up as opener approaches," 8 Aug. 2019 Rooted in an ancient artistic tradition practiced by indigenous people, the pottery style experienced a revival in the mid-1970s at the hands of a local artist, Juan Quezada Celado. Christopher Mosley, Dallas News, "Two Oak Cliff art galleries team up for tandem exhibition 'In Memory'," 7 Aug. 2019 By the time Hitler published his screed on the perils of race-mixing and Jewish domination, the United States had perfected the most far-reaching system of racial exclusion practiced by any major power. Charles King, Washington Post, "The anthropologists who upended the ‘science’ of white supremacy," 2 Aug. 2019 Qatar and Turkey had supported Islamist groups that would emulate the model of political Islam practiced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said Herchaoui. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Libya civil war and natural resources attract mix of nations," 2 Aug. 2019 The administration’s treatment of immigrants may not resemble the systematic slaughter of millions practiced by the Nazis, but other elements of Trump’s policies and rhetoric bear striking resemblance to those of German in the 1930s and 1940s. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The U.S. Holocaust Museum is wrong to deny that Trump’s racism resembles Nazism," 15 July 2019 They’re practiced by many legitimate researchers and computer system testers. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "YouTube’s ‘instructional hacking’ ban threatens computer security teachers," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

McVay told me after Wednesday’s practice with the Raiders. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Antonio Brown’s Helmet Drama Is Exactly What Jon Gruden and the Raiders Bargained For," 12 Aug. 2019 DiAngelo mentions implicit bias, but, even more than Kendi, she is engaged in something that resembles a spiritual practice. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, "The Fight to Redefine Racism," 12 Aug. 2019 Weaknesses: There is a fair amount of uncertainty at the running back position after spring practice. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: No. 14 Virginia Tech strives to rebound from losing season," 11 Aug. 2019 Wile and Bailey were not made available to the media after Sunday’s practice. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings acquire punter-kicker Kaare Vedvik from Ravens, cut Kevin McDermott," 11 Aug. 2019 Sampson says having a private pathologist observe an autopsy is a routine practice. Washington Post, "The Latest: Epstein autopsy performed, but results pending," 11 Aug. 2019 After eight practice Day still feels that no one has gone out and won the starting quarterback job, or the No. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Everything Ryan Day said following Ohio State football’s eighth practice of fall preseason camp," 10 Aug. 2019 Esporão released its first wine in 1985 and has since become a leader in sustainable winemaking practices in Alentejo. Dallas News, "What to drink right now: This pretty Portuguese white wine for $12.99," 10 Aug. 2019 After each practice at training camp, once fans disperse and coaches leave, Garoppolo refines his one-on-one connections, doing so with a cast of receivers still trying to make a name for themselves. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "How will Garoppolo’s overtime work with 49ers receivers pay off?," 8 Aug. 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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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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