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practise

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Etymology

From Middle English practizen, a variant of practisen, from Middle French pra(c)tiser, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] prāctizāre, an alternative spelling of prācticāre, derived from prāctica (meaning practical work), from the Ancient Greek noun πρακτικη (prāktikē), from the adjective πρακτικός (praktikós, meaning practical).

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to practise

Third person singular
practis

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to practise (third-person singular simple present practis, 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 practise 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 practise.
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
    They gather to practise religion every Saturday.
  4. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
    She practised law for forty years before retiring.
  5. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To conspire.
  6. Alternative spelling of practice (verb).

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