- actively working at a profession, especially medicine or law.
- actively following a specific way of life, religion, philosophy, etc.: a practicing Catholic.
Origin of practicing
- 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 practicing
They were found guilty of practicing habitual debauchery and inciting others to sexual deviance because of the footage.Sisi Is Persecuting, Prosecuting, and Publicly Shaming Egypt’s Gays
December 30, 2014
Practicing yoga, studies show, can alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.9 Ways to Cope With Seasonal Affective Disorder
December 5, 2014
After reading The Game in 2007, he says, he started going out in Switzerland and practicing RSD methods.The Secret World of Pickup Artist Julien Blanc
December 1, 2014
But because he is still a practicing pastor, his name was instead blocked from her publicized affidavit.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
The Maryland Constitution requires a candidate spend ten years practicing law before running for attorney general.Frontrunner for Attorney General Was Thrown Off Ballot for A.G. of Maryland
October 13, 2014
In some features, one of the most unusual I have seen since I have been practicing law.Within the Law
Did you think we were practicing stage effects in the journals?The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals
Ann S. Stephens
Oh, how I hate myself for practicing even that much of deceit!The Masked Bridal
Mrs. Georgie Sheldon
The practicing that had gone on in thousands of homes throughout the city was at an end.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
Kit told the story of his practicing with the Vincenti Brothers.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
Horatio Alger Jr.
- 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 practicing
1620s in reference to professions; from 1906 in reference to religions; present 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.
Idioms and Phrases with practicing
In addition to the idioms beginning with practice
- practice makes perfect
- practice what you preach
- in practice
- make a practice of
- out of practice
- put into practice
- sharp practice