practice [prak′tis]
practiced, practicing [ME practisen < MFr practiser, altered < practiquer < ML practicare < LL practicus < Gr praktikos, concerning action, practical < prassein, to do]
1. to do or engage in frequently or usually; make a habit or custom of [to practice thrift]
2. to do repeatedly in order to learn or become proficient; exercise or drill oneself in [to practice batting]
3. to put into practice; specif.,
a) to use one's knowledge of; work at, esp. as a profession [to practice law]
b) to observe, or adhere to (beliefs, ideals, etc.) [to practice one's religion]
4. to teach or train through practice; exercise
1. to do something repeatedly in order to learn or acquire proficiency; exercise or drill oneself [to practice on the organ]
2. to put knowledge into practice; work at or follow a profession, as medicine, law, etc.
3. Archaic to scheme; intrigue
1. the act, result, etc. of practicing; specif.,
a) a frequent or usual action; habit; usage [to make a practice of being early]
b) a usual method or custom; convention [the practice of tipping for services]
a) repeated mental or physical action for the purpose of learning or acquiring proficiency
b) a session of engaging in such action [cheerleading practice]
c) the condition of being proficient or skillful as a result of this [to be out of practice]
3. the doing of something as an application of knowledge [the practice of a theory]
a) the exercise of a profession or occupation [the practice of law]
b) a business based on this, often regarded as a legal property [to buy another's law practice]
5. Archaic intrigue, trickery, a scheme, etc.
6. Law the various procedures involved in legal work, in and out of courts
SYN.- PRACTICE implies repeated performance for the purpose of learning or acquiring proficiency [he practiced on the violin every day; practice makes perfect ]; EXERCISE implies a putting to or keeping at work [to exercise one's rights ] or refers to activity, often of a systematic, formal kind, that trains or develops the body or mind [gymnastic exercises]; DRILL1 suggests disciplined group training in which something is taught by constant repetition [to drill a squad, an arithmetic drill]

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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