variants: also practise

Synonyms of practice

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 a private performance or session in preparation for a public appearance
  • we held one last practice before the big concert

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2 a usual manner of behaving or doing
  • the store's practice has always been to honor all major credit cards

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3 something done over and over in order to develop skill
  • practice makes perfect

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variants: also practise

Synonyms of practice (Entry 2 of 2)

to do over and over so as to become skilled
  • in order to play the guitar well, you need to practice fingering every single day

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Frequently Asked Questions About practice

How does the noun practice differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of practice are custom, habit, usage, and wont. While all these words mean "a way of acting fixed through repetition," practice suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice.

our practice is to honor all major credit cards

When is it sensible to use custom instead of practice?

The words custom and practice can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When can habit be used instead of practice?

In some situations, the words habit and practice are roughly equivalent. However, habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively.

had a habit of tapping his fingers

When could usage be used to replace practice?

Although the words usage and practice have much in common, 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

When is wont a more appropriate choice than practice?

While the synonyms wont and practice are close in meaning, wont usually applies to a habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group.

as was her wont, she slept until noon

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

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“Practice.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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