What does practice mean?

Definitions for practice
ˈpræk tɪsprac·tice

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word practice.

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"


  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

  20. Origin: [Often written practise.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Practice

    prak′tis, n. the habit of doing anything: frequent use: state of being used: regular exercise for instruction: performance: method: medical treatment: exercise of any profession: a rule or method in arithmetic.—ns. Practicabil′ity, Prac′ticableness, quality of being practicable.—adj. Prac′ticable, that may be practised, used, or followed: passable, as a road.—adv. Prac′ticably.—adj. Prac′tical, that can be put in practice: useful: applying knowledge to some useful end: derived from practice.—ns. Practical′ity; Prac′tical-joke, a trick of an annoying kind played on any one; Prac′tical-knowl′edge, knowledge which results in action.—adv. Prac′tically, in a practical way: actually: by actual trial.—n. Prac′ticalness. [M. E. praktike—O. Fr. practique—Gr. praktikos, fit for doing—prassein, to do.]

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

How to pronounce practice?

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How to say practice in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of practice in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of practice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of practice in a Sentence

  1. Bryant McGill:

    Life is a practice.

  2. Proverb:

    Theory dominates practice.

  3. Dana Gunders:

    In practice, it just varies.

  4. Titus Maccius Plautus:

    Practice yourself what you preach.

  5. Ohio Gov. John Kasich:

    Either I practice or I don't do it.

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Translations for practice

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  • تدريب, يمارسArabic
  • ғәмәлBashkir
  • སྦྱོང སྦྱང སྦྱངས སྦྱོངསTibetan Standard
  • practicar, pràcticaCatalan, Valencian
  • cvičit, procvičování, cvičení, praxeCzech
  • udøve, praksis, øve, træneDanish
  • Üben, ausüben, Praxis, Übung, Ausübung, praktizierenGerman
  • μελετáω, εξάσκηση, προπονούμαι, άσκηση, ασκώ, πράξη, [[κάνω]] [[εξάσκηση]], πρακτικήGreek
  • praktikadoEsperanto
  • practicar, prácticaSpanish
  • تمرین, عمل, تمرین کردن, کاربردPersian
  • harjoitus, käytäntö, harjoitella, harjoittelu, harjoittaaFinnish
  • pratiquer, pratique, s'entrainer, entrainerFrench
  • crábhadh, cleachtIrish
  • cleachdadhScottish Gaelic
  • practicarGalician
  • अभ्यासHindi
  • gyakorol, gyakorlatHungarian
  • սովորություն, պարապել, մարզվել, վարժվելArmenian
  • pratica, praticare, esercitarsi, addestrareItalian
  • 練習, 業務, 儀式, ならわし, 慣習Japanese
  • 련습, 연습하다, 練習, 연습Korean
  • whakaharatauMāori
  • praktijk, oefening, oefenen, uitoefening, beoefenDutch
  • øve påNorwegian
  • ćwiczenie, praktykować, praktyka, zajmować się, nawyk, ćwiczyćPolish
  • treinar, praticar, práticaPortuguese
  • antrenament, aplicare, practicăRomanian
  • практиковаться, тренироваться, упражняться, попрактиковаться, практикаRussian
  • prȁksa, vjȅžba, nȃvika, vjȅžbānje, ȍbičājSerbo-Croatian
  • utöva, träning, övning, öva, vana, träna, praktisera, praktikSwedish
  • luyện tậpVietnamese
  • 实践Chinese

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