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

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: 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 Bernier suffered a lower-body injury Friday against Ottawa, but practiced Saturday. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Jonathan Bernier's injury adds to Detroit Red Wings' bleak season," 13 Jan. 2020 Kids also learn about the seasons and can practice math, counting off the days from seed to harvest. oregonlive, "Hillsboro student wins $1,000 for growing monster cabbage, learning about nutrition, nurturing and worms," 10 Jan. 2020 The Karigar store has details about Khatri as well as the Rogan technique of painting on fabric—a skill his family alone has practiced for 300 years. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Is Amazon India’s dedicated handloom storefront helping artisans?," 8 Jan. 2020 The rate of this happening is definitively higher in areas farther away from where dermatologists practice. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Dermatology Deserts: What to Do If You Live in One," 8 Jan. 2020 Despite turning her life around Kim, who is now a practicing naturopathic doctor, has still faced her fair share of controversy and heartache, including the accidental killing of her young son. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who is Kim Plath? The Mother of 9 Is the Center of Some Drama on 'Welcome to Plathville'," 6 Jan. 2020 Blake has actually wanted to marry Gwen from the start, a source told PEOPLE, but had to hold back due to a religious roadblock: Gwen, a practicing Roman Catholic, wants to have an official church ceremony. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Will Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani Be Walking Down the Aisle Soon?," 30 Dec. 2019 Women comprise only 23 percent of practicing surgeons. New York Times, "When the Surgeon Is a Mom," 20 Dec. 2019 McKinney and Martin missed the last game with injuries, but practiced this week and McKinney has cleared the NFL concussion protocol. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is active, but backup A.J. McCarron is expected to start and/or play extensively. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans deactivate Kenny Stills, Bradley Roby, Laremy Tunsil," 29 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some critics of China's trade practices criticized the administration's decision Monday. Martin Crutsinger, USA TODAY, "US-China trade agreement: Trump administration drops designation of China as currency manipulator," 14 Jan. 2020 If not done right, the purchase of offsets can act as a marketing campaign that ends up providing cover for companies’ climate-harming practices. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Do Carbon Offsets Really Work? It Depends on the Details," 14 Jan. 2020 Please forgive me!': Conversion therapy leader comes out as gay Professionals who do practice conversion therapy on these individuals would be subject to discipline. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Republican lawmakers join the fight to ban conversion therapy in Kentucky," 14 Jan. 2020 Authorities said Macy got a bump of 400 points from her earlier score on the PSAT, a practice version of the SAT. NBC News, "Felicity Huffman's daughter Sophia Macy moves on from college scandal to 'Twilight Zone'," 14 Jan. 2020 Sooner or later, that practice was bound to backfire. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, "The Pentagon is Trump's worst enabler," 13 Jan. 2020 Mangan says #PayUpHollywood will soon publish a list of best practices, to give employers an idea of what better working conditions for assistants should look like. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "How assistants, and The Assistant, are challenging the culture of Hollywood," 12 Jan. 2020 This has been spurred by recent advances in technology and learning science, including next-generation messaging and social networks that help people access native speakers and real-world language practice not possible in traditional classrooms. Katie Nielson, Quartz, "The US has a skills gap problem—and it’s ignoring its most obvious solution," 10 Jan. 2020 Regulators have encouraged Amazon rivals to provide information about potential anticompetitive practices. Julie Verhage, Fortune, "Experts Question Amazon’s Warning About Honey, PayPal’s E-Commerce Shopping Tool," 10 Jan. 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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Last Updated

16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Practice.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practise. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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