Definitions for practice
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word practice.
a customary way of operation or behavior
"it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitationnoun
systematic training by multiple repetitions
"practice makes perfect"
translating an idea into action
"a hard theory to put into practice"; "differences between theory and praxis of communism"
the exercise of a profession
"the practice of the law"; "I took over his practice when he retired"
knowledge of how something is usually done
"it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
practice, practise, exercise, doverb
carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
drill, exercise, practice, practiseverb
learn by repetition
"We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"
rehearse, practise, practiceverb
engage in a rehearsal (of)
practice, apply, useverb
avail oneself to
"apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
engage in or perform
"practice safe sex"; "commit a random act of kindness"
Repetition of an activity to improve skill.
He will need lots of practice with those lines before he performs them.
The ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession, particularly in medicine or the fine arts.
A place where a professional service is provided, such as a general practice.
She ran a thriving medical practice.
The observance of religious duties which a church requires of its members.
A customary action, habit, or behavior; a manner or routine.
Actual operation or experiment, in contrast to theory.
That may work in practice, but will it work in theory?
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"
To repeat (an activity) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
You should practice playing piano every day.
To repeat an activity in this way.
If you want to speak French well, you need to practice.
To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
They gather to practice religion every Saturday.
To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
She practiced law for forty years before retiring.
Etymology: See practise.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: πϱαϰτιϰὴ; pratique, Fr.
Obsolete words may be laudably revived, when they are more sounding, or more significant than those in practice. Dry.
Of such a practice when Ulysses told;
Shall we, cries one, permit
This lewd romancer and his bant’ring wit. Nahum Tate.
I’ll prove it on his body, if he dare,
Despite his nice fence and his active practice. William Shakespeare.
There are two functions of the soul, contemplation and practice, according to that general division of objects, some of which only entertain our speculations, others also employ our actions; so the understanding, with relation to these, is divided into speculative and practick. South.
This disease is beyond my practice; yet I have known those which have walked in their sleep, who have died holily in their beds. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
He sought to have that by practice, which he could not by prayer; and being allowed to visit us, he used the opportunity of a fit time thus to deliver us. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
Partly with suspicion of practice, the king was suddenly turned. Philip Sidney, b. ii.
It is the shameful work of Hubert’s hand,
The practice and the purpose of the king. William Shakespeare.
Shall we thus permit
A blasting and a scandalous breath to fall
On him so near us? this needs must be practice;
Who knew of your intent and coming hither? William Shakespeare.
Wise states prevent purposes
Before they come to practice, and foul practices
Before they grow to act. John Denham, Sophy.
Practice can generally be defined as the repeated performance or application of a skill, activity, or behavior in order to improve or master it. It involves intentional and focused effort, often with the goal of refining abilities, acquiring knowledge, or enhancing performance. Practice can take various forms depending on the field or context, such as practicing a musical instrument, engaging in sports drills, honing professional skills, or rehearsing for a performance.
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
customary or constant use; state of being used
skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness
actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory
systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music
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
skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense
a easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business
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
to do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming
to exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine
to exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music
to put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do
to make use of; to employ
to teach or accustom by practice; to train
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
to learn by practice; to form a habit
to try artifices or stratagems
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
Etymology: [Often written practise.]
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
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.]
Practice vs. Practise -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Practice and Practise.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'practice' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #539
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'practice' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1187
Rank popularity for the word 'practice' in Nouns Frequency: #158
The numerical value of practice in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of practice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
I am in private law practice. I practice law honorably and well, never had a complaint. Never had an issue ever in 50 years of private law practice.
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.
Practice is everythingThis is often misquoted as Practice makes perfect.
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.
The practice of steering involves jeopardy to the consumer because of the concern about parts, safety concerns are raised by this practice of steering because often it involves the use of parts that may be salvaged or inferior or even counterfeit and that is a real urgent and imminent safety concern for the consumer who may have no idea what the origin of the parts are, who made them, or even whether they're installed properly.
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Translations for practice
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- تدريب, يمارسArabic
- 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
- practicar, prácticaSpanish
- تمرین, عمل, تمرین کردن, کاربردPersian
- harjoitus, käytäntö, harjoitella, harjoittelu, harjoittaaFinnish
- pratiquer, pratique, s'entrainer, entrainerFrench
- crábhadh, cleachtIrish
- cleachdadhScottish Gaelic
- 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
- 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
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