Complete Definition of "practice"

English

Alternative spellings
(Commonwealth) practise (used only for the verb)

Etymology
See practise.

Pronunciation
audio|en-us-practice.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun|practices

  1. Repetition of an activity to improve skill.

#:He will need lots of practice with those lines before he performs them.

  1. The ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession, particularly in medicine or the fine arts.

#:She ran a thriving medical practice.

  1. The observance of religious duties which a Church requires of its members.
  2. A customary action, habit, or behavior; a manner or routine.

#:It is the usual practice of employees there to wear neckties only when meeting with customers.
#:It is good practice to check each door and window before leaving.

Usage notes
British and Australian English distinguish between practice (a noun) and practise (a verb), analogously with advice/advise. In American English, practice is commonly used for both forms. Canadian English works with both systems.

Translations
trans-top|repetition of an activity to improve skill
Arabic: Arab|تدرÙب IPAchar|(tadrÄ«b) m
Chinese: ç»ä¹  (liànxí)
Dutch: praktijk
Finnish: harjoitus, harjoittelu
French: t+|fr|pratique|f
German: Ãbung f, Ãben n
Greek: t|el|εξάÏκηÏη|f|sc=Grek (exáskisi)
Hungarian: gyakorlat
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Italian: t+|it|pratica
Japanese: ç·´ç¿ (ããããã, renshÅ«)
Korean: ì°ìµ (yeonseup)
Portuguese: prática f
Romanian: practicÄ f, aplicare f
Russian: пÑакÑика (práktika)
Spanish: t-|es|práctica|f
Swedish: praktik
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trans-top|an ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession
German: Ausübung f, Ausüben n, Praktizieren n, Praxis f
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Japanese: 業å (gyÅmu)
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trans-top|an observance of religious duties
Portuguese: prática f
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Japanese: åå¼ (gishiki)
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trans-top|customary action, habit, or behavior
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Japanese: æ£ç¿ (kanshÅ«), ãªããã (narawashi)
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ttbc|Polish: praktyka f
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ttbc|Spanish: práctica f
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Derived terms
general practice
practice makes perfect
practice what one preaches
put into practice
sharp practice

Verb
US en-verb|practicing|practiced|practiced

  1. To repeat an activity as a way of improving one's skill.
  2. To perform or execute a craft or skill.

#:He practiced law for 19 years.

Usage notes
In sense 1. this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing). See Appendix:English catenative verbs

Translations
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trans-top|(US) To repeat an activity as a way of improving one's skill
Finnish: harjoitella
German: t+|de|üben
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Greek: Sport: t|el|ÏÏοÏονοÏμαι|scGrek (proponoúmai); Music:t|el|μελεÏáÏ|scGrek (meletáo)
Portuguese: praticar
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trans-top|To perform or execute a craft or skill
Dutch: t-|nl|beoefen
Finnish: harjoittaa
German: ausüben, praktizieren
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Greek: t|el|αÏκÏ|scGrek Ïο t|el|εÏάγγελμα|scGrek (askó to epángelma)
Portuguese: praticar
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ttbc|Chinese: å®è·µ shijian|shíjiàn
ttbc|French: s'entrainer
ttbc|Polish: ÄwiczyÄ
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ttbc|Spanish: practicar, entrenar, ejercer
ttbc|Welsh: emafe
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fr:practice
ko:practice
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ku:practice
hu:practice
ja:practice
pt:practice
simple:practice
fi:practice
ta:practice
te:practice
vi:practice
tr:practice
zh:practice

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