- Repetition of an activity to improve skill .
- ( uncountable ) The ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession, particularly in medicine or the fine arts .
- ( countable ) A place where a professional service is provided, such as a general practice .
- The observance of religious duties which a church requires of its members .
- A customary action, habit, or behavior; a manner or routine .
- Actual operation or experiment, in contrast to theory .
- ( law ) synonym for "practice of law" or the methods and procedures appurtenant thereto, particularly with regard to special actions such as "motion practice", "trail practice", etc. Also with regard to specialties, eg., "family law practice", "media law practice"
- ( improvement of skill ): rehearsal, drill, exercise, training, workout
- ( customary action ): custom, habit, routine, wont, wone
- fashion, pattern, trick, way, dry run, trial
- ( transitive, US ) To repeat ( an activity ) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity .
- ( intransitive, US ) To repeat an activity in this way .
- ( transitive, US ) To perform or observe in a habitual fashion .
- ( transitive, US ) To pursue ( a career, especially law, fine art or medicine ) .
- ( intransitive, archaic, US ) To conspire .
- Alternative spelling of practise .
See practise .
British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand English distinguish between practice ( a noun ) and practise ( a verb ), analogously with advice/advise. In American English, practice is commonly used for both forms, and this is also common in Canada .
Explanation of practice by Wordnet Dictionary
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- practice makes perfect
- Practice n. [OE. praktike, practique, F. pratique, formerly also, practique, LL. practica, fr. Gr. , fr. practical. See Practical, and cf. Pratique, Pretty.]
1. Frequently repeated or customary action; habitual performance; a succession of acts of a similar kind; usage; habit; custom; as, “the practice of rising early; the practice of making regular entries of accounts; the practice of daily exercise.”
A heart . . . exercised with covetous practices. 2 Pet. ii. 14.
2. Customary or constant use; state of being used.
Obsolete words may be revived when they are more sounding or more significant than those in practice. Dryden.
3. Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness. [R.] “His nice fence and his active practice.” Shak.
4. Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory.
There are two functions of the soul, -- contemplation and practice. South.
There is a distinction, but no opposition, between theory and practice; each, to a certain extent, supposes the other; theory is dependent on practice; practice must have preceded theory. Sir W. Hamilton.
5. Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, “the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music.”
6. Application of science to the wants of men; the exercise of any profession; professional business; as, “the practice of medicine or law; a large or lucrative practice.”
Practice is exercise of an art, or the application of a science in life, which application is itself an art. Sir W. Hamilton.
7. Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense. [Obs.] Bacon.
He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer. Sir P. Sidney.
8. ( Math. ) A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.
9. ( Law ) The form, manner, and order of conducting and carrying on suits and prosecutions through their various stages, according to the principles of law and the rules laid down by the courts. Bouvier.
Syn. -- Custom; usage; habit; manner.
- Practice v. t. [imp. & p. p. Practiced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Practicing] [Often written practise, practised, practising.]
1. To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, “to practice gaming”. “Incline not my heart . . . practice wicked works.”
Ps. cxli. 4.
2. To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, “to practice law or medicine”.
2. To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, “to practice gunnery; to practice music.”
4. To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do. “Aught but Talbot's shadow whereon to practice your severity.” Shak.
As this advice ye practice or neglect. Pope.
5. To make use of; to employ. [Obs.]
In malice to this good knight's wife, I practiced Ubaldo and Ricardo to corrupt her. Massinger.
6. To teach or accustom by practice; to train.
In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practiced to love their neighbor. Landor.
- Practice, v. i. [Often written practise.]
1. To perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either for instruction, profit, or amusement; as, “to practice with the broadsword or with the rifle; to practice on the piano.”
2. To learn by practice; to form a habit.
They shall practice how to live secure. Milton.
Practice first over yourself to reign. Waller.
3. To try artifices or stratagems.
He will practice against thee by poison. Shak.
4. To apply theoretical science or knowledge, esp. by way of experiment; to exercise or pursue an employment or profession, esp. that of medicine or of law.
[I am] little inclined to practice on others, and as little that others should practice on me. Sir W. Temple.
Definition of practice by GCIDE Dictionary