Definition and Meanings for practice

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Practice is ranked 2,896 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of practice

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

Etymology of practice

oe. praktike, practique, f. pratique, formerly also, practique, ll. practica, fr. gr. practical, and cf. pratique, pretty often written practise, practised, practising often written practise

Meaning of practice


as noun

  • 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.
  • customary or constant use; state of being used.
  • skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness.
  • actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory.
  • systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music.
  • 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.
  • skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense.
  • a easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.
  • 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.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming.
  • to exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine.
  • to exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music.
  • to put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.
  • to make use of; to employ.
  • to teach or accustom by practice; to train.

as intransitive verb

  • 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.
  • to learn by practice; to form a habit.
  • to try artifices or stratagems.
  • 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.
  • No antonyms for practice

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