practice (usually uncountable, plural practices)
- Repetition of an activity to improve a skill.
- An organized event for the purpose of performing such repetition.
- Being on a team is hard: you're always having to go to practice while everyone else is taking it easy.
- I have choir practice every Sunday after church.
- (uncountable, especially medicine, art) The ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession, particularly in medicine or the fine arts.
- 2016, Raphael Vella, Artist-Teachers in Context: International Dialogues, Springer, →ISBN, page 53:
- Which is the most demanding? I think that my practice as an artist is 'stronger' because it is the practice that best fuels and balances myself and that generates new knowledge for my other work as both arts educator and creative arts therapist.
- (countable) A place where a professional service is provided, such as a general practice.
- Synonym: general practice
- She ran a thriving medical practice.
- The observance of religious duties that a church requires of its members.
- A customary action, habit, or behaviour; a manner or routine.
- Actual operation or experiment, in contrast to theory.
- Antonym: theory
- That may work in theory, but will it work in practice?
- (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.
- This firm of solicitors is involved in family law practice.
- Skilful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; stratagem; artifice.
- a. 1587, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the page number)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: […] [John Windet] for William Ponsonbie, published 1590, →OCLC; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, →OCLC:
- He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer.
- (mathematics) A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.
- British, Australian, and New Zealand English spelling distinguishes between practice (noun) and practise (verb), analogously with advice/advise. In American English, the spelling practice is commonly used for both noun and verb. Both practices are found equally in Canadian English.
Adjectives often used with "practice"
clinical, medical, professional, private, social, religious, current, best, common, good, general, widespread, universal
Nouns often used with "practice"
work, business, law, nursing, management, classroom, group, family, labor, employment
repetition of an activity to improve skill
an ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession
an observance of religious duties
customary action, habit, or behaviour
actual operation or experiment, in contrast to theory
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practice (third-person singular simple present practices, present participle practicing, simple past and past participle practiced)
- (US) Alternative spelling of practise
- 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter III, in Mansfield Park: […], volume I, London: […] T[homas] Egerton, […], →OCLC, page 57:
- I have been a liberal housekeeper enough, but I shall not be ashamed to practice economy now.
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- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈprak.ti.ke/, [ˈpräkt̪ɪkɛ]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈprak.ti.t͡ʃe/, [ˈpräkt̪it͡ʃe]