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practice - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'practice' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Practice [ n.]
- 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.
- Customary or constant use; state of being used.
- Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness.
- Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory.
- Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music.
- 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.
- Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense.
- A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.
- 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.
2 . Practice [ v. i.]
- 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 piano.
- To learn by practice; to form a habit.
- To try artifices or stratagems.
- 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.
3 . Practice [ v. t.]
- To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming.
- To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine.
- To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music.
- To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.
- To make use of; to employ.
- To teach or accustom by practice; to train.

Meaning of 'practice' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . practice [ n]
Meaning (1):
- translating an idea into action
Example in sentence:
  • a hard theory to put into practice;
  • differences between theory and praxis of communism
Meaning (2):
- the exercise of a profession
Example in sentence:
  • I took over his practice when he retired;
  • the practice of the law
Meaning (3):
- knowledge of how something is usually done
Example in sentence:
  • it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner
Meaning (4):
- a customary way of operation or behavior
Example in sentence:
  • it is their practice to give annual raises;
  • they changed their dietary pattern
Meaning (5):
- systematic training by multiple repetitions
Example in sentence:
  • practice makes perfect
6 . practice [ v]
Meaning (6):
- avail oneself to
Example in sentence:
  • apply a principle;
  • practice a religion;
  • practice non-violent resistance;
  • use care when going down the stairs;
  • use your common sense
Meaning (7):
- engage in or perform
Example in sentence:
  • commit a random act of kindness;
  • practice safe sex
Meaning (8):
- learn by repetition
Example in sentence:
  • Pianists practice scales;
  • We drilled French verbs every day
Meaning (9):
- carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
Example in sentence:
  • practice law