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

While none of these organizations have CEOs who have practiced medicine, they are all regarded for their strong clinical leadership. Alexi Nazem, STAT, "Health care needs more physician CEOs like Atul Gawande," 13 July 2018 But the Bible clearly says that those who practice these things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Indiana church evicted from building after posting anti-LGBT sign, members say," 7 July 2018 According to a federal indictment, Lisa Hofschulz, 58, who also practices in Florida, and Robert Hofschulz, 70, conspired to distribute the drugs to customers who didn't have a legitimate medical need for them. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Owner of a Wauwatosa pain clinic is charged as part of a nationwide opioids crackdown," 29 June 2018 Those who practice free-range parenting recommend transitioning from a more regimented style gradually, so that children are comfortable. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "How much risk is good for kids? Parents make the case for more adventurous childhoods," 26 June 2018 As a quietly anxious person who spends a great deal of time thinking about self care—and significantly less time actually practicing it—meditation has long seemed the answer to achieving a healthier mental state. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appetit, "5 Things People Get Wrong About Meditation," 26 June 2018 Why are the people who protest inequality always vilified more than the people who actually practice it? Michael Harriot, The Root, "There’s Nothing Wrong With Treating an Asshole Like an Asshole," 25 June 2018 The college, to be focused on the preparation of primary-care doctors who practice in underserved urban and rural communities, will be the first new medical school in Houston in nearly half a century. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "UH hires three deans for planned med school," 18 June 2018 Way to go city of Waukegan, penalizing people who practice water conservation. Lake County News-Sun, "Letters to the Editor," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Could actuarial practices be making employers vulnerable? Mary Williams Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "Jeremy Gold, 75, actuary who warned of pension crisis," 14 July 2018 The Guatemalan mother who has become a national face of the Trump administration's practice of separating parents from their children regained full custody of her children on Friday, ages 11, 9 and 6. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Guatemalan mother regains custody of her children after 54 days apart," 13 July 2018 The process of making magic pyramid crystals is more of a hobby than a cult practice. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Incentive payments required following a detailed set of environmentally friendly landscaping practices to ensure projects achieved a heightened level of sustainability. Pomerado News, "Water agencies increase incentives to replace turf," 13 July 2018 Stephen Wermiel, a professor of practice in constitutional law at American University Washington College of Law, told The Fix. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate," 12 July 2018 Hoskins contends that the derby isn’t much different from a typical round of batting practice. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Phillies' Rhys Hoskins unconcerned about Home Run Derby impacting his swing," 12 July 2018 Rather than reacting to familial need, Annie works through her own emotions with the help of a creative practice that looks increasingly ghoulish. Katherine Fusco, The Atlantic, "Hereditary and the Monstrousness of Creative Moms," 11 July 2018 On the final day of minicamp, Jackson even took the helm of the offense for most of the practice. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2018 position-by-position breakdown: quarterbacks," 9 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'practice.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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