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  1. prac·tice
    IPA[ˈpraktəs]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one's proficiency:

      I need to practice my French they were practicing for the Olympics
      Synonym : rehearse, run through, go through, go over, work on, work at, repeat, polish, refine, perfect, train, rehearse, prepare, exercise, drill, work out, warm up, go through one's paces, keep one's hand in, get into shape, do exercises, study, knock up
    • 2. carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or custom) habitually or regularly:

      we still practice some of these rituals today
      Synonym : carry out, perform, do, observe, put into practice, execute, follow, exercise
    • 3. actively pursue or be engaged in (a particular profession or occupation):

      he began to practice law he practiced as an attorney
      Synonym : work at, pursue a career in, have a career in, go in for, engage in, specialize in, ply, follow, hang out one's shingle, prosecute
    • 4. observe the teaching and rules of (a particular religion):

      they are free to practice their religion without fear of persecution
    • 5. scheme or plot for an evil purpose:

      what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: practice, plural noun: practices

    • v.: verb: practise, 3rd person present: practises, gerund or present participle: practising, past tense: practised, past participle: practised

    • noun

      the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it:

      the carrying out or exercise of a profession, especially that of a doctor or lawyer:

    • verb

      US spelling of practise
    • adjective

      expert, typically as the result of much experience:
    • verb

      perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to acquire, improve or maintain proficiency in it:

      carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or custom) habitually or regularly:

    • adjective

      expert, typically as the result of much experience:
    • noun

      the carrying out of the profession of being a lawyer:

      the business or premises of a lawyer:

    • in reality (used to refer to what actually happens as opposed to what is meant or believed to happen)

      currently proficient in a particular activity or skill as a result of repeated exercise or performance of it

    • noun

      the work of a doctor who provides primary healthcare to members of the local community:

      the business or premises of a doctor providing primary healthcare to members of the local community:

    • noun

      a fraudulent activity, especially an attempt to rig an election:
    • noun

      the intensive repetition of the distinctive constructions and patterns of a foreign language as a means of learning:
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