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practice

[ prak-tis ]
/ ˈpræk tɪs /
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noun

verb (used with object), prac·ticed, prac·tic·ing.

verb (used without object), prac·ticed, prac·tic·ing.

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Also British, prac·tise (for defs. 11-19) .

Origin of practice

1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English practisen, practizen (<Middle French pra(c)tiser) <Medieval Latin prāctizāre, alteration of prācticāre, derivative of prāctica practical work <Greek prāktikḗ noun use of feminine of prāktikóspractic; 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’s 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’s 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)—a distinction that’s 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—the more you practise, the better you will get. 

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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
/ (ˈpræktɪs) /

noun

verb

the US spelling of practise

Word Origin for practice

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

Medical definitions for practice

practice
[ prăktĭs ]

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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Idioms and Phrases with practice

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