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 Parents and other family members have not been able to watch their children compete or practice at indoor events since the coronavirus pandemic began last March. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County to align with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s order in removing outdoor mask mandate," 29 Apr. 2021 For most clients, maintaining a monthly routine while continuing to practice self care at home (baths, dry brushing, compression garments, exercise, etc) is a sustainable way to incorporate our treatments ongoing. Monica Mendal, Forbes, "How Anna Zahn Of Ricari Studios Is Revolutionizing The Self-Care Industry," 21 Apr. 2021 Abish Judd applies makeup on her daughter Kali Judd, 10, while Mayleen Murillo, 14, and Stephanie Robles, 12, practice their dancing at the Cinco de Mayo celebration in West Valley in May 2018. The Salt Lake Tribune, "See 150 years of Tribune photography," 15 Apr. 2021 Because Easter is a holiday of religious significance for many, the CDC also recommends that people attend religious ceremonies virtually and practice traditional customs at home. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "New CDC Guidelines for Easter Say This Is the Safest Way to Gather," 2 Apr. 2021 Teams have had windows of time each day when they are allowed to practice at Indianapolis’ convention center, so hopefully that bit of time outside of the hotel has helped keep everyone as fresh as possible. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Alabama needs different ‘mental toughness’ for this Sweet 16," 27 Mar. 2021 Educators will practice social distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing/sanitizing at all times. courant.com, "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 19 Mar. 2021 In 2017, neurological surgical residents started using the technology to practice ventriculostomies at the health system’s Simulation Center. cleveland, "Virtual reality giving MetroHealth neurosurgeons a chance to ‘pre-do’ brain surgery: Brain tech in Cleveland," 18 Mar. 2021 For most practices, high schools will use their own fields and courts, with the exception of softball and baseball teams, which will practice at Recreation and Parks facilities. Emma Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, "SFUSD to resume high school sports for student athletes after a year on the sidelines," 17 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The practice is highly controversial, blamed for causing significant water and air pollution and even earthquakes. Peter Rudden, CNN, "A Canadian oil firm thinks it has struck big. Some fear it could ravage a climate change hotspot," 3 May 2021 Practices at Springdale Prep’s fields in New Windsor on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Runs from mid-May through the end of July, first practice is May 18. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll County Rec Sports: Tryouts & Registrations for May 1-2, 2021," 1 May 2021 Although technically a prototype, Honda's usual practice is to preview its latest models as near-production concepts to keep the car-buying public’s attention as long as possible. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "A Visual History of the Honda Civic," 29 Apr. 2021 Bigelow said that practice was perfectly legitimate but can be confusing to people who don’t know much about the global seafood industry. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Crabs fell on Alabama: The new seafood shacks taking over the state," 29 Apr. 2021 The practice is particularly prevalent in rural areas, where the virus is now spreading fast. Sheikh Saaliq, Star Tribune, "India grieves 200K dead, with likely many more uncounted," 28 Apr. 2021 The practice of using earnings to buy back shares has long been a hot-button topic among Wall Street watchers. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Google’s Alphabet to spend $50 billion on shares as the great buyback barrage takes off," 28 Apr. 2021 The longstanding geographic practice of matching the champions of Region 1 vs. Region 2 and Region 3 vs. Region 4 is history. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "FHSAA revamps semifinals for football, soccer, girls volleyball," 26 Apr. 2021 The Spartans went through their final of 15 spring practices Saturday, giving the 6,000 fans at the game and those watching on Big Ten Network a glimpse into what a practice is like under Tucker. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's spring game (with fans): Quick observations from Spartan Stadium," 24 Apr. 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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4 May 2021

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“Practice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/practice. Accessed 12 May. 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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