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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from practice

Verb

practicer noun

Synonyms for practice

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for practice

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The city’s lease for the training station, where firefighters practice lifesaving skills, ends in 2024. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF voters to weigh in on $600 million bond to rebound from earthquakes, battle fires," 23 Feb. 2020 Santana hasn’t been a regular there, and Solak has only started practicing at the position this offseason. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "The race for Rangers’ final outfield spot, including one player who’s ‘tough to bet against’," 22 Feb. 2020 This means that like any habit or skill, it can therefore be practiced and reinforced. Srini Pillay, Quartz at Work, "Picturing your own success can make you more successful," 21 Feb. 2020 Volunteers began practicing with the calculator Tuesday night, party officials said, with some 80 training sessions scheduled through the rest of the week. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Nevada Democrats showcase new caucus tool, hoping to avoid Iowa chaos," 19 Feb. 2020 For practicing Jews who know their own history, Leopoldstadt may paint in brushstrokes a little too broad. Kate Maltby, The New York Review of Books, "Tom Stoppard’s Theatre of Memory," 14 Feb. 2020 Sanders, again, is not a person of faith, or at least doesn’t practice one. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "To Dream of a Jewish President," 13 Feb. 2020 Putin is known for participating in photo ops to promote his image, ranging from riding a horse while topless to practicing judo. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Vladimir Putin enjoys a drink during hockey match with Belarus' president," 7 Feb. 2020 There’s no magic formula to get rid of grief, but the best clinicians practice the art of medicine, not just the science. WSJ, "James Taylor: We Feel an Entitlement to Never Feel Sad," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Allegations about Salazar's practices first surfaced in 2015. George Ramsay, CNN, "Mo Farah under fire over controversial London Marathon injections," 25 Feb. 2020 Reflecting on his time with Tucker, Montez shares his memories of practices with the coach. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Colorado players don't blame Michigan State football's Mel Tucker for leaving," 25 Feb. 2020 First of all, keep yourself safe by washing your hands, and avoid touching your face and eyes — practices that help avoid infection with either virus. Quanta Magazine, "The Animal Origins of Coronavirus and Flu," 25 Feb. 2020 This is a missed opportunity: In another study, McKinsey has found that companies with developed design practices can grow faster than their peers. Clay Chandler, Fortune, "Only a third of CEOs can explain what their company’s lead designers actually do," 25 Feb. 2020 Halfway through Tuesday's practice Aashari Crosswell made a diving grab of a Daniels offering. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU practice news and a rare bad throw from Jayden Daniels," 25 Feb. 2020 The Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District’s mission is to implement programs and practices that protect and restore healthy soil and water resources. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Food and food for thought go well together," 24 Feb. 2020 Sporting events were canceled, from children's team practices to Serie A soccer matches which were to be played in northern stadiums. Anchorage Daily News, "Italy rushes to contain Europe’s first major virus outbreak," 24 Feb. 2020 The new guidelines include 41 clinical practice recommendations. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio doctor leads development of new sleep disorder guidelines," 24 Feb. 2020

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.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about practice

Time Traveler for practice

Time Traveler

The first known use of practice was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for practice

Last Updated

27 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practice. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for practice

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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on practice

What made you want to look up practice? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of probity?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!