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Alternative spellings

  • (Commonwealth) practise (used only for the verb)

Etymology

See practise.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
practice

Plural
practices

practice (practices)
  1. Repetition of an activity to improve skill.
    He will need lots of practice with those lines before he performs them.
  2. The ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession, particularly in medicine or the fine arts.
    She ran a thriving medical practice.
  3. The observance of religious duties which a Church requires of its members.
  4. 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.
  5. Actual operation or experiment, in contrast to theory.
    That may work in practice, but will it work in theory?

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.

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Verb

Infinitive
to practice

Third person singular
practic

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to practice (third-person singular simple present practic, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To repeat (an activity) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
    You should practice playing piano every day.
  2. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To repeat an activity in this way.
    If you want to speak French well, you need to practice.
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
    They gather to practice religion every Saturday.
  4. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
    She practiced law for forty years before retiring.
  5. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To conspire.
  6. Alternative spelling of practise.

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