definition of practices by The Free Dictionary



v. prac·ticed, prac·tic·ing, prac·tic·es

1. To do or perform habitually or customarily; make a habit of: practices courtesy in social situations.

2. To do or perform (something) repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill: practice a dance step.

3. To give lessons or repeated instructions to; drill: practiced the students in handwriting.

4. To work at, especially as a profession: practice law.

5. To carry out in action; observe: practices a religion piously.

6. Obsolete To plot (something evil).


1. To do something repeatedly in order to acquire or polish a skill: With any musical instrument, you need to practice to get better.

2. To work at a profession: How long has that lawyer been practicing?

3. To do or perform something habitually or repeatedly: Why not practice in the same manner that you preach?

4. Archaic To intrigue or plot.


1. A habitual or customary action or way of doing something: makes a practice of being punctual.


a. Repeated performance of an activity in order to learn or perfect a skill: Practice will make you a good musician.

b. A session of preparation or performance undertaken to acquire or polish a skill: goes to piano practice weekly; scheduled a soccer practice for Saturday.

c. Archaic The skill so learned or perfected.

d. The condition of being skilled through repeated exercise: out of practice.

3. The act or process of doing something; performance or action: a theory that is difficult to put into practice.

4. Exercise of an occupation or profession: the practice of law.

5. The business of a professional person: an obstetrician with her own practice.

6. A habitual or customary action or act: That company engages in questionable business practices. Facial tattooing is a standard practice among certain peoples.

7. Law The procedure for trial of cases in a court of law, usually specified by rules.

8. Archaic

a. The act of tricking or scheming, especially with malicious intent.

b. A trick, scheme, or intrigue.

[Middle English practisen, from Old French practiser, alteration of practiquer, from practique, practice, from Medieval Latin prāctica; see practicable.]

prac′tic·er n.

Synonyms: practice, exercise, rehearse
These verbs mean to do repeatedly to acquire or maintain proficiency: practice the shot put; exercising one’s wits; rehearsed the play for 14 days. See Also Synonyms at habit.

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1. a usual or customary action or proceeding: it was his practice to rise at six; he made a practice of stealing stamps.

2. repetition or exercise of an activity in order to achieve mastery and fluency

3. the condition of having mastery of a skill or activity through repetition (esp in the phrases in practice, out of practice)

4. (Professions) the exercise of a profession: he set up practice as a lawyer.

5. the act of doing something: he put his plans into practice.

6. (Law) the established method of conducting proceedings in a court of law

[C16: from Medieval Latin practicāre to practise, from Greek praktikē practical science, practical work, from prattein to do, act]

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(ˈpræk tɪs)

n., v. -ticed, -tic•ing. n.

1. habitual or customary course of action or way of doing something: office practice.

2. a habit; custom: to make a practice of borrowing money.

3. repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring proficiency.

4. condition arrived at by experience or exercise: out of practice.

5. the action or process of doing something or carrying something out: to put a scheme into practice.

6. the exercise or pursuit of a profession, esp. law or medicine.

7. the business of a professional person.

8. the established method of conducting legal proceedings.

9. Archaic.

a. plotting; intrigue; trickery.

b. Usu. practices. intrigues; plots.


10. to perform or do habitually or usually: to practice a strict regimen.

11. to follow or observe habitually or customarily: to practice one’s religion.

12. to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation.

13. to perform on or do repeatedly in order to acquire skill or proficiency: to practice the violin.

14. to train or drill (a person, animal, etc.) in something in order to give proficiency.


15. to do something habitually or as a practice.

16. to pursue a profession, esp. law or medicine.

17. to do something repeatedly in order to acquire skill.

18. Archaic. to plot or conspire.

Also, Brit., practise (for defs. 11-19).

[1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English practisen, practizen (pra(c)tiser) prāctizāre, alter. of prācticāre, derivative of prāctica practical work prāktikḗ, n. use of feminine of prāktikós practical; (n.) late Middle English, derivative of the v.]

prac′tic•er, n.

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– practise

In British English, practice is a noun and practise is a verb.

1. used as an uncountable noun

Practice involves doing something regularly in order to improve your ability at it.

Your skiing will get better with practice.

He has to do a lot of music practice.

2. used as a countable noun

A practice is something that is done regularly, for example as a custom.

Our usual practice is to keep a written record of all meetings.

The ancient practice of yoga is still popular today.

3. used as a verb

If you practise something, you do it or take part in it regularly.

I had been practising the piece for months.

His family practised traditional Judaism.

In American English, the spelling “” is not normally used. The verb and noun are both spelled practice.

I practiced throwing and catching the ball every day.

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