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v.t., v.i., -tised, -tis•ing.WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
prac•tice /ˈpræktɪs/USA pronunciation
n., v., -ticed, -tic•ing.
[uncountable] a way of doing something that is normal or customary:office practice.
[countable] a habit; custom:to make a practice of borrowing money.
[uncountable] the act of doing something systematically, as an exercise, for the purpose of learning it well:Throwing a good curve ball takes practice.
[uncountable] a condition arrived at by experience or exercise:I'm out of practice because I haven't played tennis in years.
[uncountable] the action or process of carrying something out:to put a scheme into practice.
[countable] the business of a profession, esp. law or medicine:a law practice.
[~ + object] to perform or do (something) as a habit or usually:to practice a regimen of exercise.
to follow or observe as a habit or by custom: [~ + object]to practice one's religion.[no object]He's a Catholic but he's no longer practicing.
to do as a profession, art, or occupation: [~ + object]He practices law.[no object]He's no longer practicing as an attorney.
to perform on or do repeatedly in order to gain skill or ability: [~ + object]practiced the trumpet every day.[no object]practices on the trombone every day.Also,[Brit.,]practise practise
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practise, US practice /ˈpræktɪs/ vb
Etymology: 15th Century: see practice
- to do or cause to do repeatedly in order to gain skill
- (transitive) to do (something) habitually or frequently: they practise ritual murder
- to observe or pursue (something, such as a religion): to practise Christianity
- to work at (a profession, job, etc): he practises medicine
- followed by on or upon: to take advantage of (someone, someone's credulity, etc)
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