What does practise mean?

Definitions for practise
ˈpræk tɪsprac·tise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rehearse, practise, practiceverb

    engage in a rehearsal (of)

  2. practice, practise, exercise, doverb

    carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

    "practice law"

  3. drill, exercise, practice, practiseverb

    learn by repetition

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


  1. practiseverb

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

    You should practise playing piano every day.

  2. practiseverb

    To repeat an activity in this way.

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

  3. practiseverb

    To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.

    They gather to practise religion every Saturday.

  4. practiseverb

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

    She practised law for forty years before retiring.

  5. practiseverb

    To conspire.

  6. Etymology: From practizen, a variant of practisen, from pratiser, practiser, from practizo, from practico, from practica, from πρακτική, from πρακτικός, from πράσσειν

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PRACTISEverb

    Etymology: πϱαϰτιϰὸς; pratiquer, Fr.

    Incline not my heart to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity. Psalm cxli. 4.

  2. To Practiseverb

    Will truth return unto them that practise in her. Ecclus.

    They shall practise how to live secure. John Milton.

    Oft have we wonder’d
    How such a ruling sp’rit you cou’d restrain,
    And practise first over yourself to reign. Edmund Waller.

    I’ve practis’d with him,
    And found a means to let the victor know,
    That Syphax and Sempronius are his friends. Addison.

    Others by guilty artifice and arts,
    Of promis’d kindness practise on our hearts;
    With expectation blow the passion up,
    She fans the fire without one gale of hope. George Granville.

    If you there
    Did practise on my state, your being in Egypt
    Might be my question. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    If thou do’st him any slight disgrace, he will practise against thee by poison. William Shakespeare, As You Like it.

    I never thought I should try a new experiment, being little inclined to practise upon others, and as little that others should practise upon me. William Temple, Miscel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Practise

    see Practice

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Practise

    prak′tis, v.t. to put into practice or to do habitually: to perform: to exercise, as a profession: to use or exercise: to teach by practice: to commit.—v.i. to have or to form a habit: to exercise any employment or profession: to try artifices.—n. Prac′tisant (Shak.), an agent.—adj. Prac′tised, skilled through practice.—n. Prac′tiser.—adj. Prac′tising, actively engaged in professional employment. [From practice.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'practise' in Verbs Frequency: #575

Anagrams for practise »

  1. crispate

  2. picrates

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of practise in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of practise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of practise in a Sentence

  1. Henrik Stenson:

    I was battling a bit of fatigue and when you're in a bad spell, you're tired, you don't have the energy to practise and get going. Then it becomes a bad cycle.

  2. Christian Coleman:

    Of course, like I see Justin Gatlin all the time, we practise the relay and we talk from time to time. But we never really talk about the race or anything like that even though we are both one of the favorites to win, one of like many, i just try to focus on one person. We are at a world championships. So it is a world class field, anybody can take it. So I am just excited about competing against everybody, not just Justin Gatlin.

  3. Ove Sjoeblom:

    He is devastated - football is his work and now he cannot practise it, he's not being fired. It is rather a termination of a contract according to its terms.

  4. Austin Connelly:

    I see him (Spieth) all the time, I will be checking the (British Open) scores, when we are at home, I see him in the gym almost five days a week. I practise with him sometimes and play with him quite often.

  5. Epictetus:

    Practise yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things and thence proceed to greater.

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