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prac•tise  (praktis),USA pronunciation v.t., v.i.,  -tised, -tis•ing. 
  1. British Termspractice.

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
prac•tice /ˈpræktɪs/USA pronunciation   n., v.,  -ticed, -tic•ing. 
n. 
  1. a way of doing something that is normal or customary:[uncountable]office practice.
  2. a habit;
    custom:[countable]to make a practice of borrowing money.
  3. the act of doing something systematically, as an exercise, for the purpose of learning it well:[uncountable]Throwing a good curve ball takes practice.
  4. a condition arrived at by experience or exercise:[uncountable]I'm out of practice because I haven't played tennis in years.
  5. the action or process of carrying something out:[uncountable]to put a scheme into practice.
  6. the business of a profession, esp. law or medicine:[countable]a law practice.

v. 
  1. to perform or do (something) as a habit or usually:[+ object]to practice a regimen of exercise.
  2. 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.
  3. to do as a profession, art, or occupation: [+ object]He practices law.[no object]He's no longer practicing as an attorney.
  4. 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 (for defs. 11-19. ).
    See custom.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
prac•tice  (praktis),USA pronunciation n., v.,  -ticed, -tic•ing. 
n. 
  1. habitual or customary performance;
    operation:office practice.
  2. habit;
    custom:It is not the practice here for men to wear long hair.
  3. repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency:Practice makes perfect.
  4. condition arrived at by experience or exercise:She refused to play the piano, because she was out of practice.
  5. the action or process of performing or doing something:to put a scheme into practice; the shameful practices of a blackmailer.
  6. the exercise or pursuit of a profession or occupation, esp. law or medicine:She plans to set up practice in her hometown.
  7. the business of a professional person:The doctor wanted his daughter to take over his practice when he retired.
  8. Lawthe established method of conducting legal proceedings.
  9. [Archaic.]plotting;
    intrigue;
    trickery.
  10. Usually,  practices. [Archaic.]intrigues;
    plots.

v.t. 
  1. to perform or do habitually or usually:to practice a strict regimen.
  2. to follow or observe habitually or customarily:to practice one's religion.
  3. to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation:to practice law.
  4. to perform or do repeatedly in order to acquire skill or proficiency:to practice the violin.
  5. to train or drill (a person, animal, etc.) in something in order to give proficiency.

v.i. 
  1. to do something habitually or as a practice.
  2. to pursue a profession, esp. law or medicine.
  3. to exercise oneself by repeated performance in order to acquire skill:to practice at shooting.
  4. [Archaic.]to plot or conspire.
Also,[Brit.,] practise (for defs. 11–19). practic•er, n. 
  • Greek prāktiké̄ noun, nominal use of feminine of prāktikós practic; see -ize; (noun, nominal) late Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal
  • Medieval Latin prāctizāre, alteration of prācticāre, derivative of prāctica practical work
  • Middle French pra(c)tiser)
  • (verb, verbal) late Middle English practisen, practizen ( 1375–1425
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  custom. 
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged application. See  exercise. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

practise, US practice /ˈpræktɪs/ vb
  1. to do or cause to do repeatedly in order to gain skill
  2. (transitive) to do (something) habitually or frequently: they practise ritual murder
  3. to observe or pursue (something, such as a religion): to practise Christianity
  4. to work at (a profession, job, etc): he practises medicine
  5. followed by on or upon: to take advantage of (someone, someone's credulity, etc)
Etymology: 15th Century: see practice



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