- 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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v.t., v.i., -tised, -tis•ing.
- British Terms[Brit.]practice.
- a way of doing something that is normal or customary[uncountable]office practice.
- a habit; custom[countable]to make a practice of borrowing money.
- the act of doing something systematically, as an exercise, for the purpose of learning it well[uncountable]Throwing a good curve ball takes practice.
- a condition arrived at by experience or exercise[uncountable]I'm out of practice because I haven't played tennis in years.
- the action or process of carrying something out[uncountable]to put a scheme into practice.
- the business of a profession, esp. law or medicine[countable]a law practice.
- to perform or do (something) as a habit or usually[~ + object]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.
n., v., -ticed, -tic•ing.
- habitual or customary performance;
- habit; custom:It is not the practice here for men to wear long hair.
- repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency:Practice makes perfect.
- condition arrived at by experience or exercise:She refused to play the piano, because she was out of practice.
- the action or process of performing or doing something:to put a scheme into practice; the shameful practices of a blackmailer.
- the exercise or pursuit of a profession or occupation, esp. law or medicine:She plans to set up practice in her hometown.
- the business of a professional person:The doctor wanted his daughter to take over his practice when he retired.
- Law[Law.]the established method of conducting legal proceedings.
- [Archaic.]plotting; intrigue;
- Usually,practices. [Archaic.]intrigues;
- to perform or do habitually or usually:to practice a strict regimen.
- to follow or observe habitually or customarily:to practice one's religion.
- to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation:to practice law.
- to perform or do repeatedly in order to acquire skill or proficiency:to practice the violin.
- to train or drill (a person, animal, etc.) in something in order to give proficiency.
- to do something habitually or as a practice.
- to pursue a profession, esp. law or medicine.
- to exercise oneself by repeated performance in order to acquire skill:to practice at shooting.
- [Archaic.]to plot or conspire.
- 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 custom. 3 . application. See exercise.