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

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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 Police hand-delivered the order to Søndergaard on Wednesday, mandating that anyone traveling through the city must practice social distancing and wear a mask whether on private or public property. Fox News, "Evangelist says 'revival' meetings targeted in Chicago: ‘You can riot … but worshipping God is dangerous’," 1 Aug. 2020 As the country just passed the somber milestone of 150,000 coronavirus deaths, and as responsible citizens continue to stay close to home, practice social distancing and wear masks, a summer escape is welcome. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Sports are flooding back, but at what cost? Let's enjoy it while it lasts," 31 July 2020 Everyone will be required to practice social distancing and wear a mask. CBS News, "Florida faces ongoing surge in coronavirus cases as Disney World starts to reopen," 9 July 2020 Officials urged residents to avoid large crowds, practice social distancing and wear masks during any celebrations over the Fourth of July weekend. Washington Post, "Caution urged over holiday weekend as coronavirus cases flatline in Washington region," 2 July 2020 Leaders stressed that the center is seeing a significantly larger number of younger patients and is urging the public to stay home when possible, practice social distancing and personal hygiene and wear a face mask or covering. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Houston coronavirus updates: What you need to know for June 25," 25 June 2020 In North Macedonia, people have to practice social distancing and wear a face-covering in closed public spaces, including markets. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "A Country-by-country Guide to Europe's Reopening," 23 June 2020 As the state continues its reopening plan, UT Southwestern experts urged the public to practice social distancing and wear masks to lower the rate of transmissions. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "UT Southwestern experts predict surge in coronavirus hospitalizations before Fourth of July," 22 June 2020 Nirenberg, reacting to the latest numbers, renewed his appeal to San Antonians to practice social distancing and wear masks when in public. Marc Duvoisin, ExpressNews.com, "Bexar County reports 538 new COVID cases, one new death, as surge continues," 21 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun White's post claimed the last EKU team test took place on July 6 and that symptomatic players have still been at practice and in team facilities around teammates. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "EKU kicker quits team over coronavirus, saying coaches 'do not care about player safety'," 5 Aug. 2020 The Wildcats hope to return to the field by Friday, which is the allowable start date for a contact practice per NCAA rules. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern football workouts still on hold after a player tests positive for COVID-19, while Illinois will start camp Thursday," 5 Aug. 2020 That love carried on into adulthood, when the band would play bootleg Japanese 8-bit video games at practice. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can explore an 8-bit Milwaukee in a new Nintendo videogame starring local band Space Raft," 5 Aug. 2020 Players wore different face coverings during practice and took every possible precaution, Sitake said. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "While uncertainty looms over BYU football, Cougars start fall camp," 4 Aug. 2020 Jordan shared Monday on Twitter his version of details of the exchange with Patterson, which took place Sunday night at practice. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "TCU players say they met with Gary Patterson regarding coach's alleged use of racial slur," 4 Aug. 2020 Tankersley, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a practice in November 2018 and did not play in 2019, was one of three players first listed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list on July 27. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins waive former third-round pick Cordrea Tankersley," 4 Aug. 2020 Coverage of a two-hour practice late Sunday from 4-6 p.m. will be shown on NBCSN. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "5 things you need to know about the 2020 Indy 500 running without fans in attendance," 4 Aug. 2020 To celebrate the return of Derek Shelton, Twins bench coach in 2018 and 2019 and now Pirates manager, the Twins displayed a photo slideshow of some of Shelton's more entertaining moments on the scoreboard during batting practice. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins rotation takes another hit with Rich Hill placed on injured list," 3 Aug. 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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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practice. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for practice

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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