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Meaning of PRACTICE

Pronunciation:  'praktis

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
  2. [n]  translating an idea into action; "a hard theory to put into practice"; "differences between theory and praxis of communism"
  3. [n]  the exercise of a profession; "the practice of the law"; "I took over his practice when he retired"
  4. [n]  systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"
  5. [n]  knowledge of how something is customarily done; "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
  6. [v]  learn by repetition
  7. [v]  engage in a rehearsal (of)
  8. [v]  avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
  9. [v]  carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law"

PRACTICE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: apply, do, drill, drill, exercise, exercise, pattern, practice session, practise, practise, practise, praxis, recitation, rehearse, use
 See Also: activity, biologism, brushup, cannibalism, careerism, cognition, consultancy, convention, cooperation, cross dressing, custom, custom, dental practice, do, do work, dry run, effectuation, employment, execute, exercise, fashion, featherbedding, fire drill, follow, formalism, formula, grooming, habitude, heritage, implementation, knowledge, law practice, learn, lynch law, manual, manual of arms, medical practice, military drill, mistreatment, modernism, naturism, noesis, normal, nudism, one-upmanship, optometry, pattern, peonage, perform, popery, preparation, quotation, read, rehearsal, review, ritual, ritualism, rule, run through, S.O.P., scrimmage, scrimmage, shadowboxing, shamanise, shamanize, slavery, SOP, standard operating procedure, study, symbolisation, symbolism, symbolization, take, target practice, tradition, training, transvestism, transvestitism, unwritten law, usage, usance, use, utilisation, utilization, work



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Prac"tice\, n. [OE. praktike, practique, F. pratique,
    formerly also, practique, LL. practica, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ?
    practical. See {Practical}, and cf. {Pratique}, {Pretty}.]
    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 Pet.
                                                   ii. 14.
    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. [R.] ``His
       nice fence and his active practice.'' --Shak.
    4. Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed
       to theory.
             There are two functions of the soul, --
             contemplation and practice.           --South.
             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.   --Sir W.
    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.                                  --Sir W.
    7. Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or
       the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; --
       usually in a bad sense. [Obs.] --Bacon.
             He sought to have that by practice which he could
             not by prayer.                        --Sir P.
    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. --Bouvier.
    Syn: Custom; usage; habit; manner.
  2. \Prac"tice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Practiced}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Practicing}.] [Often written practise, practised,
    1. To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually;
       to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming. ``Incline
       not my heart . . . practice wicked works.''
  3. \Prac"tice\, v. i. [Often written practise.]
    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
    2. To learn by practice; to form a habit.
             They shall practice how to live secure. --Milton.
             Practice first over yourself to reign. --Waller.
    3. To try artifices or stratagems.
             He will practice against thee by poison. --Shak.
    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. --Sir W.
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