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 The Sudanese in Hamdayet are Muslim, Arabic-speaking traders and livestock herders, while the Ethiopians are Tigray or Amharic-speaking farmers who mostly practice Christianity, with many of them sporting crosses tattooed onto their foreheads. Abdi Latif Dahir, BostonGlobe.com, "In Sudan border town, desperate Ethiopians find ‘second mother country’," 13 Feb. 2021 There would be no changes to the behind-the-wheel requirement, during which students practice driving with an instructor. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, "Bill would let Minnesota teens take driver's ed online — without instructor," 12 Feb. 2021 No more than nine were allowed to practice together. New York Times, "Was the College Football Season Worth It?," 30 Dec. 2020 The GoFundMe page describes her as someone who loved to practice medicine and was proud to be a member of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority. Dakin Andone, CNN, "A Black doctor died of Covid-19 weeks after accusing hospital staff of racist treatment," 24 Dec. 2020 Groysberg offers a few concrete thoughts on how to practice kindness. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Be kind, and put in the effort to be there for others," 10 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, centers that remain open often have to limit students’ interaction, relegating them to their own play areas and thus limiting their ability to practice sharing. Alia Wong, USA TODAY, "COVID means more kids won't be ready for kindergarten. America's preschoolers are falling behind.," 4 Dec. 2020 Teens are invited to learn origami patterns and practice basic paper-folding techniques during the library’s December Take & Make Craft Zoom Workshop, being held at 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Gabriel Morley | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Teens can come together on Zoom for Orleans Parish Library digital game day," 26 Nov. 2020 Real estate agents could park the room on wheels outside a property for sale to practice safe distancing during an open house and builders could use the temporary structure on a job site to spread out plans. oregonlive, "Roll in the relatives: Portland builder brings a tiny extra house to you for temporary, safe distancing," 25 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The new coach also needs a commitment from the administration to support him, maybe starting with a practice facility. Joe Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s what Boston College should look for in a new men’s basketball coach," 16 Feb. 2021 His practice now includes general litigation and white-collar defense. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Former San Antonio federal prosecutors among names who want U.S. attorney post," 15 Feb. 2021 Whitcomb, a lawyer who had bought the building to expand his practice, pushed away an access panel and poked his head inside. Maria Cramer New York Times, Star Tribune, "History reveals itself: Susan B. Anthony portrait found in New York attic," 13 Feb. 2021 The Chiefs signed him to their practice squad Jan. 14. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Super Bowl 55: The players with ties to the state of Michigan in Sunday's Chiefs-Bucs game," 8 Feb. 2021 Nadal has had stiffness in his back over the last two weeks, which kept him out of the ATP Cup and hampered his practice. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Australian Open 2021 free live streams (2/7/21-2/21/21): How to watch, brackets, schedule," 7 Feb. 2021 Her practice sustained a 20 percent loss last year and still has low patient volume. Sarah Kliff, New York Times, "Burned by Low Reimbursements, Some Doctors Stop Testing for Covid," 3 Feb. 2021 Monday, Patrick Mahomes walked into a back room inside the Chiefs’ practice facility. Chronicle News Services, San Francisco Chronicle, "Opening Night begins Super Bowl week without fanfare," 1 Feb. 2021 Following Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s passing, the Lakers allowed fans to leave memorabilia and write messages outside of the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Kobe and Gianna Bryant tragedy: How Lakers and NBA have struggled to cope with losing an icon," 26 Jan. 2021

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practice. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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 practice (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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