practice

verb
prac·​tice | \ˈprak-təs \
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

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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

The SEALs spent much of the past few days setting up relay stations with air tanks and other equipment every 25 yards, while other rescue teams practiced evacuation maneuvers. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thai Soccer Players, Coach Found Alive in Cave After 10 Days Underground," 3 July 2018 Shanghai Leyi also has designs to challenge the Chinese music rights system as it is currently practiced in regards to television. Rob Schwartz, Billboard, "Shanghai Leyi Looks to Build on Success of Silk Road Fest, Sponsor More Artists and Improve Chinese Music Rights," 13 June 2018 Weirdly, Burnham refined a lot of his understanding of eighth grade by practicing that most sociopathic of the arts: stand-up comedy. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "How Bo Burnham Turns Anxiety Into a Work of Art," 12 July 2018 Another exercise, in mid-June, will simulate a full-scale disaster: Federal and local teams will practice setting up an emergency operations center at the San Juan convention center. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 In the ensuing months, Putin would also be pictured arm wrestling, riding a horse and practicing judo. Washington Post, "How the Kremlin turned the Russian president into a global icon," 12 July 2018 But across town, at Penn’s Landing, reporter Juliana Feliciano Reyes says Philadelphia’s Latino community practiced another kind of resistance this weekend: celebrating their culture. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Why Philly feels squeezed by U.S. economy, Philly Latinos face Trump's America | Morning Newsletter," 9 July 2018 Make a plan * Create a support network of family, friends and others who can assist you during an emergency, sharing and practicing your disaster plans with them. Gary Robbins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Disaster: Preparedness tips for the elderly," 8 July 2018 More than two miles inside the cave, where they are being fortified with high-protein gels and foil warming blankets, the boys have been practicing wearing diving masks and breathing under the instructions of the Seals. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Rescue mission seeking to free trapped Thai soccer team may face danger from weekend storms," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For intermediate adult learners of English. 10:30 a.m.-noon. English conversation practice. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 The guy serving batting practice pitches that night in Lansing, Mich., had more luck keeping him in the ballpark than the pitchers in the league. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Wethersfield's Ryan Costello Slugging His Way Through The Minor Leagues," 14 July 2018 The Natural Hazards Center is a repository of sorts for research and best practices in the realm of emergencies and disaster. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Fires, floods, hurricanes: Disaster experts weigh ‘new normal’," 14 July 2018 No single explanation accounts for why best practices are often not followed. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 But the newfound emphasis on rich, high caloric-marrow draws attention to the variety of practices that contributed to today’s nimble fingers. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine?," 13 July 2018 The organization has also been instrumental in policy formation, identifying best practices and advocating legislative changes. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "NKY Office of Drug Control Policy welcomes Amanda Peters as new director," 13 July 2018 Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Business Briefs for the Week of July 13-20," 13 July 2018 As tennis players, we are always caught up in the conflict of interest of having to pay our coaches, basically to be in charge of us, while expecting them to perform some kind of authoritarian take on our careers and practice schedules. Longreads, "Tennis vs. Tennis," 13 July 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
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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