Practice is the act of rehearsing a behavior over and over, or engaging in an activity again and again, for the purpose of improving or mastering it, as in the phrase "practice makes perfect". Sports teams practice to prepare for actual games. Playing a musical instrument well takes a lot of practice. It is a method of learning and of acquiring experience. The word derives from the Greek "πρακτική", feminine of "πρακτικός", "fit for or concerned with action, practical" and that from the verb "πράσσω","to achieve, bring about, effect, accomplish". In American English practice is used as both a ...

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  1. Repetition of an activity to improve skill.
    He will need lots of practice with the lines before he performs them.
  2. The ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession, particularly in medicine or the fine arts.
  3. A place where a professional service is provided, such as a general practice.
    She ran a thriving medical practice.
  4. The observance of religious duties which a church requires of its members.
  5. 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.
  6. Actual operation or experiment, in contrast to theory.
    That may work in theory, but will it work in practice?
  7. 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.
    This firm of solicitors is involved in family law practice.
  8. Skilful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; stratagem; artifice.
  9. A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.


  1. To repeat (an activity) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
    You should practice playing piano every day.
  2. To repeat an activity in this way.
    If you want to speak French well, you need to practice.
  3. To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
    They gather to practice religion every Saturday.
  4. To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
    She practiced law for forty years before retiring.
  5. To conspire.

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