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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

prac•tice*ˈpræk tɪs(n.; v.)-ticed, -tic•ing.

  1. (n.)habitual or customary course of action or way of doing something:

    office practice.

  2. a habit; custom:

    to make a practice of borrowing money.

  3. repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring proficiency.

  4. condition arrived at by experience or exercise:

    out of practice.

  5. the action or process of doing something or carrying something out:

    to put a scheme into practice.

  6. the exercise or pursuit of a profession, esp. law or medicine.

  7. the business of a professional person.

  8. the established method of conducting legal proceedings.

    Category: Law

  9. Archaic. plotting; intrigue; trickery. Usu. practices. intrigues; plots.

  10. (v.t.)to perform or do habitually or usually:

    to practice a strict regimen.

  11. to follow or observe habitually or customarily:

    to practice one's religion.

  12. to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation.

  13. to perform on or do repeatedly in order to acquire skill or proficiency:

    to practice the violin.

  14. to train or drill (a person, animal, etc.) in something in order to give proficiency.

  15. (v.i.)to do something habitually or as a practice.

  16. to pursue a profession, esp. law or medicine.

  17. to do something repeatedly in order to acquire skill.

  18. Archaic. to plot or conspire.

    Ref: Also, Brit., practise (for defs. 11-19 ).

* Syn: See custom.

Origin of practice:

1375–1425; (v.) late ME practisen, practizen (< MF pra(c)tiser) < ML prāctizāre, alter. of prācticāre, der. of prāctica practical work < Gk prāktikḗ, n. use of fem. of prāktikóspractical ; (n.) late ME, der. of the v.

prac′tic•er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. practice, pattern(noun)

    a customary way of operation or behavior

    "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"

  2. exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitation(noun)

    systematic training by multiple repetitions

    "practice makes perfect"

  3. practice, praxis(noun)

    translating an idea into action

    "a hard theory to put into practice"; "differences between theory and praxis of communism"

  4. practice(noun)

    the exercise of a profession

    "the practice of the law"; "I took over his practice when he retired"

  5. practice(verb)

    knowledge of how something is usually done

    "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"

  6. practice, practise, exercise, do(verb)

    carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

    "practice law"

  7. drill, exercise, practice, practise(verb)

    learn by repetition

    "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"

  8. rehearse, practise, practice(verb)

    engage in a rehearsal (of)

  9. practice, apply, use(verb)

    avail oneself to

    "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"

  10. commit, practice(verb)

    engage in or perform

    "practice safe sex"; "commit a random act of kindness"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. practice(noun)ˈpræk tɪs

    time or an occasion spent improving a skill by doing it repeatedly

    It takes a lot of practice to be a dancer.; With practice your driving will become more automatic.; football practice after school

  2. practiceˈpræk tɪs

    not having done much practice, and so not as good as before

    "Do you speak French?" "Yes, but I'm completely out of practice."

  3. practiceˈpræk tɪs

    real situations, not ones that exist only in theory

    This is an idea that will work in practice.

  4. practiceˈpræk tɪs

    to make an idea happen

    new ideas that the company is putting into practice

  5. practiceˈpræk tɪs

    a usual or traditional way of doing sth, or the thing that is done

    ethical business practices; groups working to end the practice of employing children; It is common practice to buy votes in this country.

  6. practiceˈpræk tɪs

    the profession of being a doctor, lawyer, or dentist

    How long have you been in practice?; the practice of law

  7. practiceˈpræk tɪs

    the office of a doctor, lawyer, or dentist

    a dental practice on Main Street

Wiktionary

  1. practice(Noun)

    Repetition of an activity to improve skill.

    He will need lots of practice with those lines before he performs them.

  2. practice(Noun)

    The ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession, particularly in medicine or the fine arts.

  3. practice(Noun)

    A place where a professional service is provided, such as a general practice.

    She ran a thriving medical practice.

  4. practice(Noun)

    The observance of religious duties which a church requires of its members.

  5. practice(Noun)

    A customary action, habit, or behavior; a manner or routine.

  6. practice(Noun)

    Actual operation or experiment, in contrast to theory.

    That may work in practice, but will it work in theory?

  7. practice(Noun)

    synonym for "practice of law" or the methods and procedures appurtenant thereto, particularly with regard to special actions such as "motion practice", "trail practice", etc. Also with regard to specialties, eg., "family law practice", "media law practice"

  8. practice(Verb)

    To repeat (an activity) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.

    You should practice playing piano every day.

  9. practice(Verb)

    To repeat an activity in this way.

    If you want to speak French well, you need to practice.

  10. practice(Verb)

    To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.

    They gather to practice religion every Saturday.

  11. practice(Verb)

    To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).

    She practiced law for forty years before retiring.

  12. practice(Verb)

    To conspire.

  13. Origin: See practise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Practice(noun)

    frequently repeated or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of a similar kind; usage; habit; custom; as, the practice of rising early; the practice of making regular entries of accounts; the practice of daily exercise

  2. Practice(noun)

    customary or constant use; state of being used

  3. Practice(noun)

    skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness

  4. Practice(noun)

    actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory

  5. Practice(noun)

    systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music

  6. Practice(noun)

    application of science to the wants of men; the exercise of any profession; professional business; as, the practice of medicine or law; a large or lucrative practice

  7. Practice(noun)

    skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense

  8. Practice(noun)

    a easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business

  9. Practice(noun)

    the form, manner, and order of conducting and carrying on suits and prosecutions through their various stages, according to the principles of law and the rules laid down by the courts

  10. Practice(verb)

    to do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming

  11. Practice(verb)

    to exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine

  12. Practice(verb)

    to exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music

  13. Practice(verb)

    to put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do

  14. Practice(verb)

    to make use of; to employ

  15. Practice(verb)

    to teach or accustom by practice; to train

  16. Practice(verb)

    to perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either for instruction, profit, or amusement; as, to practice with the broadsword or with the rifle; to practice on the piano

  17. Practice(verb)

    to learn by practice; to form a habit

  18. Practice(verb)

    to try artifices or stratagems

  19. Practice(verb)

    to apply theoretical science or knowledge, esp. by way of experiment; to exercise or pursue an employment or profession, esp. that of medicine or of law

Freebase

  1. Practice

    Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it, as in the phrase "practice makes perfect". Sports teams practice to prepare for actual games. Playing a musical instrument well takes a lot of practice. It is a method of learning and of acquiring experience. The word derives from the Greek "πρακτική", feminine of "πρακτικός", "fit for or concerned with action, practical" and that from the verb "πράσσω","to achieve, bring about, effect, accomplish". In American English practice is used as both a noun and a verb, but in British English there is a distinction between practice, used as a noun, and practise, used as a verb. Sessions scheduled for the purpose of rehearsing and performance improvement are called practices. They are engaged in by sports teams, bands, individuals, etc. "He went to football practice everyday after school," for example.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'practice' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #539

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'practice' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1187

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'practice' in Nouns Frequency: #158


Translations for practice

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

practice(noun)

the actual doing of something, as opposed to the theory or idea

In theory the plan should work, but in practice there are a lot of difficulties.

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