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
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
Presence in various communication channels helps the brand stay in touch, even with clients who practice digital detox.—Boris Abaev, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2023 Research shows that people who practice yoga for at least half an hour once a week for at least four years gain less weight in midlife than people who don’t.—Rachel Reiff Ellis, Fortune, 21 Jan. 2023 Cornerback Trayvon Mullen was the only player on the roster who didn’t practice Friday in the Cowboys’ only padded work of the week.—Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2023 Shallow water blackout, however, occurs in people who practice pre-submersion hyperventilation.—Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2023 And their political involvement has alienated many Jews abroad who practice less stringent forms of Judaism.—Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2023 Colts who did not practice Wednesday because of injury: WR Ashton Dulin (concussion), TE Kylen Granson (ankle), CB Kenny Moore II (ankle).—Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 28 Dec. 2022 Others who did not practice: safety Kerby Joseph (back), center Frank Ragnow (foot), wide receiver Josh Reynolds (illness), offensive lineman Logan Stenberg (illness) and linebacker Josh Woods (biceps).—Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 28 Dec. 2022 And while Hoodoo’s deep, magical connections between food and spirit are recognized and practiced by Black people, they should be honored by those who eat Hoppin’ John outside of the culture as well, even those who don’t practice Hoodoo.—Amethyst Ganaway, Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2022
Middleton responded well to his five-on-five practice with members of the Bucks and the Wisconsin Herd while in Miami, and the Bucks return home for a week that includes three off days.—Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 14 Jan. 2023 In addition to his regular practice, Mr. Goldman also did design work for residential rebuilds and new homes for many friends and clients throughout Baltimore.—Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 13 Jan. 2023 In taking on the role, Hur will work full-time at the department and at least temporarily leave his private practice at Gibson Dunn.—Perry Stein, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2023 Flynn dealt with hundreds of patients in her practice and the cases that resulted in her conviction represented a limited slice of her work.—Quinn Owen, ABC News, 11 Jan. 2023 The Cowboys hoped to re-sign an offensive lineman to their practice squad Tuesday.—Dallas News, 10 Jan. 2023 My favorite thing about visiting Japan in 2017 was seeing the art of kintsugi, which is their practice of putting back together broken things with gold and varnish.—Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2023 Ish Wainright concurred with Craig during their Saturday practice.—Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 8 Jan. 2023 Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez, an immigration attorney in Miramar, Florida, uses TikTok to market her law practice to her 83,000 followers.—Faith Karimi, CNN, 7 Jan. 2023 See More
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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