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practice

verb prac·tice \ ˈprak-təs \
variants: or less commonly practise

Definition of practice

practiced also practised; practicing also practising
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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 success
  • The Times Literary Supplement (London)

practicer

noun

Examples of practice in a Sentence

  1. To be a good musician, you have to practice a lot.

  2. Have you been practicing your lines for the play?

  3. She had to practice flying in various weather conditions before she could get her pilot's license.

  4. Grandmother taught us to practice good manners.

  5. Practice what you preach—don't smoke if you tell your children not to smoke.

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Origin and Etymology of practice

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

practice Synonyms

Synonyms
exercise, rehearse, run over
Related Words
groove, perfect, refine; point (for), prepare (for), train (with); drill, repeat; work (at or on); review, study

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practice

noun
variants: or less commonly practise

Definition of practice

1 a :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
2 a :systematic exercise for proficiency
  • practice makes perfect
b :the condition of being proficient through systematic exercise
  • get in practice
3 a :the continuous exercise of a profession
b :a professional business; especially :one constituting an incorporeal property

Examples of practice in a Sentence

  1. Being a good musician takes a lot of practice.

  2. I'm sure you'll learn your lines for the play with enough practice.

  3. They'll get better with practice.

  4. I'm late for trumpet practice.

  5. The marching band has practice every Wednesday afternoon.

  6. The team's practices usually last two hours.

  7. She has made a practice of volunteering at a homeless shelter one weekend a month.

  8. The country's poor sanitation practices have led to widespread disease.

  9. Burial practices vary around the world.

  10. It is common practice among my friends to not use capital letters in e-mail.

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First Known Use of practice

15th century

practice Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of practice

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

PRACTICE Defined for English Language Learners

practice

verb

Definition of practice for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of practice for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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practice

verb prac·tice \ ˈprak-təs \

Definition of practice for Students

practiced; practicing
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

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practice

noun

Definition of practice for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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practice

verb prac·tice
variants: or practise play \ˈprak-təs\

medical Definition of practice

practiced or practised; practicing or practising
transitive verb
:to be professionally engaged in
  • practice medicine
intransitive verb
:to pursue a profession actively

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practice

noun
variants: also practise

medical Definition of practice

1 :the continuous exercise of a profession
2 :a professional business; especially :one constituting an incorporeal property
  • the doctor sold his practice and retired

Law Dictionary

practice

noun prac·tice

legal Definition of practice

1 :the form and manner of conducting judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings
2 a :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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