- 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 practising
In 1980 she was charged with professional incompetence and practising without chambers; she was disbarred three years later.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
The Jasmine lady must have been practising on his poor little heart.The Incomplete Amorist
It is because many confine it to themselves that they fail so in practising it.The Ministry of Intercession
"No, not yet," said Kellett, while his cheek flushed at the evasion he was practising.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
He learned his address, and that he was still a practising physician.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
But he carried me down to where they were practising for a road race.The Flying Mercury
Eleanor M. Ingram
- 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
- to do or cause to do repeatedly in order to gain skill
- (tr) to do (something) habitually or frequentlythey 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
- (foll by on or upon) to take advantage of (someone, someone's credulity, etc)
Word Origin and History for practising
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).
chiefly British English spelling of practice.
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.