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practice

[ prak-tis ]
/ 藞pr忙k t瑟s /
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noun
verb (used with object), prac路ticed, prac路tic路ing.
verb (used without object), prac路ticed, prac路tic路ing.
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Also British, prac路tise (for defs. 11-19) .

Origin of practice

1375鈥1425; (v.) late Middle English practisen, practizen (<Middle French pra(c)tiser) <Medieval Latin pr膩ctiz膩re, alteration of pr膩ctic膩re, derivative of pr膩ctica practical work <Greek pr膩ktik岣 noun use of feminine of pr膩ktik贸spractic; see -ize; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the v.

synonym study for practice

2. See custom. 3. See exercise.

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PRACTICE VS. PRACTISE

What鈥檚 the difference between practice and practise?

In British English (and many other international varieties of English), the spelling practice is used when the word is a noun, while the spelling practise is used when it鈥檚 a verb. In American English, the spelling practice is always used, regardless of whether the word is used as a verb or a noun.

This is somewhat similar to the difference in spelling between advice (noun) and advise (verb)鈥攁 distinction that鈥檚 used in both British and American English.

However, unlike advice and advise, practice and practise are always pronounced the same.

Here is an example of how practice and practise would be used in the same sentence in British English.

Example: Remember, practice makes perfect鈥攖he more you practise, the better you will get.聽

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In American English, the spelling practice is used only for nouns.

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British Dictionary definitions for practice

practice
/ (藞pr忙kt瑟s) /

noun
verb
the US spelling of practise

Word Origin for practice

C16: from Medieval Latin practic膩re to practise, from Greek praktik膿 practical science, practical work, from prattein to do, act
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for practice

practice
[ pr膬kt沫s ]

v.
To engage in the profession of medicine or one of the allied health professions.
n.
The exercise of the profession of medicine.
The business of a practicing physician or group of physicians, including facilities and customary patients.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with practice

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