Origin of practiced
- habitual or customary performance; operation: office practice.
- 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, especially 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. the established method of conducting legal proceedings.
- Archaic. plotting; intrigue; trickery.
- Usually practices. Archaic. intrigues; plots.
- 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, especially law or medicine.
- to exercise oneself by repeated performance in order to acquire skill: to practice at shooting.
- Archaic. to plot or conspire.
Origin of practice
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Examples from the Web for practiced
They practiced ceremonial cannibalism, believing the hearts of their victims would imbue them with power.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
The dire fatalism that dominated the discourse then is gone, replaced largely with a practiced apathy.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
And when safe sex is practiced, he feels there is little to fear.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question
November 1, 2014
Comedy at its best, as George Carlin practiced it, holds a mirror up to society in a harsh light.Why George Carlin Deserves His Own Street
October 21, 2014
Since the 10th century, Bulgaria has practiced varying forms of prevention to keep vampires from coming back to life.Bulgaria’s Vampire Graveyards
October 15, 2014
Historians are endeavoring to ascertain whether he practiced what he preached.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
The touch was not his—neither so practiced, so brilliant, nor so sure.The First Violin
Very often Rob had practiced his French so as to get this explanation correct.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
Flirtation may be practiced in a more or less unconscious manner.The Sexual Question
Both methods are practiced, but the former is believed to be preferable.American Rural Highways
T. R. Agg
- a usual or customary action or proceedingit was his practice to rise at six; he made a practice of stealing stamps
- repetition or exercise of an activity in order to achieve mastery and fluency
- the condition of having mastery of a skill or activity through repetition (esp in the phrases in practice, out of practice)
- the exercise of a professionhe set up practice as a lawyer
- the act of doing somethinghe put his plans into practice
- the established method of conducting proceedings in a court of law
- the US spelling of practise
Word Origin and History for practiced
"expert," 1560s, past participle adjective from practice (v.).
c.1400, "to do, act;" early 15c., "to follow or employ; to carry on a profession," especially medicine, from Old French pratiser, practiser "to practice," alteration of practiquer, from Medieval Latin practicare "to do, perform, practice," from Late Latin practicus "practical," from Greek praktikos "practical" (see practical).
early 15c., practise, "practical application," originally especially of medicine but also alchemy, education, etc.; from Old French pratiser, from Medieval Latin practicare (see practice (v.)). From early 15c. often assimilated in spelling to nouns in -ice. Also as practic, which survived in parallel into 19c.
- To engage in the profession of medicine or one of the allied health professions.
- The exercise of the profession of medicine.
- The business of a practicing physician or group of physicians, including facilities and customary patients.