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 Trust their knowledge The 49ers defenders have experience practicing against the Bengals offensive scheme. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Five keys for the 49ers to beat the Bengals," 13 Sep. 2019 That’s to be expected with a young QB, and it can be corrected with experience and gameplans that are tailored to him and practiced for an entire week. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Mason Rudolph Has the Tools, But Does He Have the Finesse?," 17 Sep. 2019 The practice has kept its original name even though no surgeons have practiced there for a long time, Loftin said. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: A meadery opens in Anchorage, and Nordstrom will close for good Friday," 7 Sep. 2019 The Coyotes’ contingent in rookie camp, which will practice again on Friday before flying to Anaheim for a tournament with other NHL prospects, also includes Barrett Hayton, Nick Merkley, Kyle Capobianco, Ivan Prosvetov and Kevin Bahl. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson has taken rookie Victor Soderstrom under his wing," 5 Sep. 2019 Still not practicing are tight end George Kittle (calf); defensive linemen Nick Bosa (ankle), Dee Ford (knee), Ronald Blair (groin) and Jullian Taylor (back); wide receiver Trent Taylor (foot); tight end Levine Toilolo (shoulder). Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Top 5 takeaways from 49ers joint practice with Broncos," 16 Aug. 2019 The ability of ministries to co-ordinate their policy responses means China can practice the ultimate in modern monetary theory, which is probably what the U.S. needs right now to restore its yield curve. Washington Post, "Trump Panics, Rushes Into Xi’s Arms," 18 Sep. 2019 While on a leave, a player is prohibited from playing games or practicing. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Murky Future for Pirates Pitcher Felipe Vazquez," 17 Sep. 2019 Some, however, are outraged that they are being put on probation for practicing their First Amendment right. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Cheerleaders held up a "Trump 2020" sign during a football game. They were put on "probation" for the rest of the season," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stanton, who has been listed as No. 2 on Cleveland’s depth chart behind Baker Mayfield, injured his knee during practice last week. BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 The Manual quarterback threw a pass during an August practice last year and felt a sharp pain pierce through his back. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "QB Zach Recktenwald is leading Manual again after suffering scary back injury," 16 Sep. 2019 In Season 8, they were both injured during pre-show practices. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Christie Brinkley drops out of 'Dancing with the Stars' due to injury, so her daughter is stepping in," 16 Sep. 2019 Franks, Trask and redshirt freshman Emory Jones share an equal workload during practices. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "UF quarterback Kyle Trask has been well prepared for first start for the Gators," 15 Sep. 2019 Last season, Rodriguez suffered a season-ending injury during practice leading up to week three. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Sam Rodriguez among positives for Lyons in loss to OPRF," 15 Sep. 2019 Golden West College quarterback Nathaniel Espinoza, shown during practice on Sept. 6, had four total touchdowns in Saturday’s nonconference loss to San Diego Mesa. Daily Pilot Staff, Daily Pilot, "College Roundup: Golden West football falls to 0-2," 14 Sep. 2019 During one practice, Charbonnet carried the ball inside, tripped on his own linemen and took a big shot from a linebacker. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Zach Charbonnet was groomed to be a freshman star. Here's how," 14 Sep. 2019 But state inspectors ordered a halt to the practice in 2017 after learning the material was laced with one of the potentially harmful chemicals known collectively as PFAS, which are turning up in drinking water and some foods across the U.S. Washington Post, "Concerns rise over tainted sewage sludge spread on croplands," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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6 Nov 2019

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

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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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