prac·tice [practice practices practiced practicing] noun, verb BrE [ˈpræktɪs]
NAmE [ˈpræktɪs]
1. uncountable action rather than ideas
the theory and practice of teaching
She's determined to put her new ideas into practice.  
2. uncountable, countable a way of doing sth that is the usual or expected way in a particular organization or situation
common/current/standard practice
guidelines for good practice
a review of pay and working practices
religious practices
child care policy and practice
see also best practice, code of practice, restrictive practices, sharp practice  
3. countable a thing that is done regularly; a habit or a custom
the German practice of giving workers a say in how their company is run
It is his practice to read several books a week.  
4. uncountable, countable doing an activity or training regularly so that you can improve your skill; the time you spend doing this
conversation practice
It takes a lot of practice to play the violin well.
There's a basketball practice every Friday evening.
She does an hour's piano practice every day.
see also teaching practice  
5. uncountable, countable the work or the business of some professional people such as doctors, dentists and lawyers; the place where they work
the practice of medicine
Students should have prior experience of veterinary practice.
My solicitor is no longer in practice.
a successful medical/dental/law practice
see also general practice, group practice, private practice
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from practise, on the pattern of pairs such as advise, advice.
practice noun
1. U
the theory and practice of teaching
application • • exercise • • use
effective/proper/continued/normal practice/application/exercise/use
common/current/correct/safe/commercial/industrial/clinical practice/application/use
limit/regulate/justify the practice/exercise/use of sth
2. U, C
a guide to best practice for employers
convention • • custom • • tradition • • norms
(an) established practice/convention/custom/tradition/norms
a local/British practice/custom/tradition
follow a practice/convention/custom/tradition/…norms
3. U, C
We have choir practice every Friday.
training • • rehearsal • • drill
regular practice/training/rehearsals/drills
football/hockey, etc. practice/training
do practice/training/rehearsals
a practice/training/rehearsal session/schedule
Example Bank:
American social practices
Certain practices exist in both public and private schools.
Don't worry if you can't do it at first— it takes practice!
Established practices are difficult to modify.
He has been suspended from practice, pending legal investigations.
He runs a successful legal practice in Ohio.
His accent should improve with practice.
I can't wait to put what I've learned into practice.
I don't make a practice of forgetting to pay my bills, I assure you!
I'll be able to get in a bit of practice this weekend.
I've had a lot of practice in saying ‘no’ recently!
If you don't play regularly you soon get out of practice.
It is standard practice not to pay bills until the end of the month.
It will be good practice for later, when you have to make speeches in public.
It's a group practice, so you can easily change doctors.
Martin began his own practice in 1993.
Religious practices differ from group to group.
She has opened a new practice in the town.
She maintains a private practice as a mental health consultant.
She wants to go into general practice.
Some prisoners defend this practice as the only way to survive.
Such practices do not reflect our values.
The bank has continued its practice of charging late fees.
The children need more practice in tying their shoelaces.
The idea sounds fine in theory, but would it work in practice?
The practice of community policing was introduced in the 1970s.
They carried out a study of Japanese working practices.
This chapter gives students practice in using adjectives.
This is now common practice among ethnographers.
This practice was roundly condemned by the World Medical Association.
We use this information to inform clinical practice.
We watched the swimmers go through their practice drills.
a doctor in general practice
a physician in family practice
a psychologist in private practice
adopting current best practices in your business
advice on adopting current best practice in your business
changes in employment practices
environmentally sound practices
ethical practice within the profession
good practice in undergraduate education
hard work and daily practice
practice at swimming underwater
questionable accounting practices regarding the sale of hardware
safe medical practices for children
shady business practices
studying Japanese working practices
sustainable land-use practices
the ancient custom of log rolling, a practice which continues to this day
the company's general practice of selling through agents
the complications that arise in actual practice
the decisions that govern our practice and our conduct
the medical practices of ancient Egypt
the practice of acupuncture
voluntary codes of practice between sellers and customers
A large number of dentists have left the National Health Service to set up in private practice.
I like the German practice of giving workers a say in how their company is run.
It is common practice in universities to employ foreign teachers as language assistants.
It was my practice never to make a written record of the conversations.
Members have to abide by the federation's code of practice.
My analyst is no longer in practice.
Rumours of sharp practice or dishonest dealing will ruin his career.
She does an hour's piano practice every day.
She runs a successful law practice.
She's determined to put her new ideas into practice.
The book is about the theory and practice of teaching.
The trainees need more practice in using the compass.
There's a basketball practice every Friday evening.
They have been studying Japanese business practices.
They have produced a guide to best practice for employers.
Idioms: in practice of practice practice makes perfect
verb (especially US) = practise
to practice the piano every day
The team is practicing for their big game on Friday.
They practiced the dance until it was perfect.
She's practicing medicine in Philadelphia.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
late Middle English: from practise, on the pattern of pairs such as advise, advice.

WordNet Dictionary:
1. a customary way of operation or behavior
- it is their practice to give annual raises
- they changed their dietary pattern
Syn: pattern
- practice makes perfect
Syn: exercise, drill, practice session, recitation
3. translating an idea into action
- a hard theory to put into practice
- differences between theory and praxis of communism
Syn: praxis
4. the exercise of a profession
- the practice of the law
- I took over his practice when he retired
5. knowledge of how something is usually done
- it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner
1. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
- practice law
Syn: practise, exercise, do
2. learn by repetition
- We drilled French verbs every day
- Pianists practice scales
Syn: drill, exercise, practise
3. engage in a rehearsal (of)
Syn: rehearse, practise
- They will practice the duet
4. avail oneself to
- apply a principle
- practice a religion
- use care when going down the stairs
- use your common sense
- practice non-violent resistance
Syn: apply, use
5. engage in or perform
- practice safe sex
- commit a random act of kindness
Syn: commit

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
n.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.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.
3.Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness.
4.Actual performance; application of knowledge; - opposed to theory.
There are two functions of the soul, - contemplation and practice.
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.
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.
7.Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; - usually in a bad sense.
He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer.
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.
v. t.1.To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming.
[imp. & p. p. Practiced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Practicing .]
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.
As this advice ye practice or neglect.
5.To make use of; to employ.
In malice to this good knight's wife, I practiced Ubaldo and Ricardo to corrupt her.
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.
v. i.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.
Practice first over yourself to reign.
3.To try artifices or stratagems.
He will practice against thee by poison.
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.

Legal Dictionary:

PRACTICE. The form, manner and order of conducting and carrying on suits or prosecutions in the courts through their various stages, according, to the principles of law, and the rules laid down by the respective courts.
     2. By practice is also meant the business which an attorney or counsellor does; as, A B has a good practice.
     3. The books on practice are very numerous; among the most popular are those Of Tidd, Chitty, Archbold, Sellon, Graham, Dunlap, Caines, Troubat and Haly, Blake, Impey.
     4. A settled, uniform, and loll, continued practice, without objection is evidence of what the law is, and such practice is based on principles which are founded in justice and convenience. Buck, 279; 2 Russ. R. 19, 570; 2 Jac. It. 232; 5 T. R. 380; 1 Y. & J. 167, 168; 2 Crompt. & M. 55; Ram on Judgm. ch. 7.

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