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.


  1. practise

    Practise refers to the action of performing or repeatedly carrying out an activity or skill in order to acquire or maintain proficiency in it. It often involves disciplined and regular exercises or rehearsals to improve one's performance or competence. This term can also relate to the application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories.

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. Greta Thunberg:

    I’m not telling anyone else what to do, but there is a risk when you are vocal about these things and don’t practise as you preach, then you will become criticised for that and what you are saying won’t be taken seriously. [Asked about celebrities who talk about the climate emergency while flying around the world.]

  2. Chinese:

    Do not consider any vice as trivial, and therefore practise it; do not consider any virtue as unimportant, and therefore neglect it.

  3. Selman:

    I asked an experienced elder who had profited by his knowledge of the world, ?What course should I pursue to obtain prosperity?? He replied, ?Contentment?if you are able, practise contentment.?

  4. Mats Wilander:

    Obviously we lose a year of the chase in the history books but at the same time who really cares who ends up with the most majors? it hurts Novak more because he was in great form and Roger is getting older. But for the younger players a break like this is much tougher. Yes, they are obviously going to be able to practise at some point, somewhere, but not playing matches?

  5. Mahabharata:

    Death comes, and makes a man his prey, A man whose powers are yet unspent; Like one on gathering flowers intent, Whose thoughts are turned another way. Begin betimes to practise good, Lest fate surprise thee unawares Amid thy round of schemes and cares; To-morrow?s task to-day conclude.*

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