practice

[prak-tis]

noun

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

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


Nearby words

  1. practical nurse,
  2. practical reason,
  3. practicalism,
  4. practicality,
  5. practically,
  6. practice makes perfect,
  7. practice what you preach,
  8. practice-teach,
  9. practiced,
  10. practicing

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 prāktikós practic; see -ize; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the v.

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See custom. 3. See exercise.

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British Dictionary definitions for practice

practice

noun

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

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

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Word Origin and History for practice
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Medicine 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

practice

In addition to the idioms beginning with practice

  • practice makes perfect
  • practice what you preach

also see:

  • in practice
  • make a practice of
  • out of practice
  • put into practice
  • sharp practice
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