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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.
n., v. -ticed, -tic•ing. n.
In British English, practice is a noun and practise is a verb.
Practice involves doing something regularly in order to improve your ability at it.
A practice is something that is done regularly, for example as a custom.
If you practise something, you do it or take part in it regularly.
In American English, the spelling 'practise' is not normally used. The verb and noun are both spelled practice.
Past participle: practiced
|Noun||1.||practice - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"|
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
biologism - use of biological principles in explaining human especially social behavior
cooperation - the practice of cooperating; "economic cooperation"; "they agreed on a policy of cooperation"
featherbedding - the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
formalism - the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
one-upmanship - the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor
pluralism - the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time
modernism - practices typical of contemporary life or thought
ornamentalism - the practice of ornamental display
cannibalism - the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind
careerism - the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity
habitude - habitual mode of behavior
fashion - characteristic or habitual practice
lobbyism - the practice of lobbying; the activities of a lobbyist
peonage - the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged
unwritten law - law based on customary behavior
lynch law - the practice of punishing people by hanging without due process of law
mistreatment - the practice of treating (someone or something) badly; "he should be punished for his mistreatment of his mother"
nonconformism - the practice of nonconformity
calisthenics, callisthenics - the practice of calisthenic exercises; "calisthenics is recommended for general good health"
quotation - the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.; "since he lacks originality he must rely on quotation"
ritual - the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
ritualism - exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship
systematism - the habitual practice of systematization and classification
|2.||practice - systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"|
fire drill - an exercise intended to train people in duties and escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
military drill - training in marching and the use of weapons
rehearsal - (psychology) a form of practice; repetition of information (silently or aloud) in order to keep it in short-term memory
dry run, rehearsal - a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert); "he missed too many rehearsals"; "a rehearsal will be held the day before the wedding"
scrimmage - (American football) practice play between a football team's squads
shadowboxing - sparring with an imaginary opponent (for exercise or training)
target practice - practice in shooting at targets
|3.||practice - translating an idea into action; "a hard theory to put into practice"; "differences between theory and praxis of communism"|
|4.||practice - the exercise of a profession; "the practice of the law"; "I took over his practice when he retired"|
consultancy - the practice of giving expert advice within a particular field; "a business management consultancy"
cosmetology - the practice of beautifying the face and hair and skin
dental practice - the practice of dentistry
law practice - the practice of law
medical practice - the practice of medicine
optometry - the practice of an optometrist
private practice - the practice of a profession independently and not as an employee; "he teaches at the medical school but his fortune came from private practice"; "lawyers in private practice are in business and must make a profit to survive"
usage, use, utilisation, utilization, exercise, employment - the act of using; "he warned against the use of narcotic drugs"; "skilled in the utilization of computers"
witching - the use or practice of witchcraft
|5.||practice - knowledge of how something is usually done; "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"|
normal, convention, rule, pattern, formula - something regarded as a normative example; "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"
heritage - practices that are handed down from the past by tradition; "a heritage of freedom"
|Verb||1.||practice - carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law"|
|2.||practice - learn by repetition; "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"|
|3.||practice - engage in a rehearsal (of)|
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
perform, do, execute - carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"
walk through - perform in a perfunctory way, as for a first rehearsal
scrimmage - practice playing (a sport)
|4.||practice - avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"|
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
follow - adhere to or practice; "These people still follow the laws of their ancient religion"
|5.||practice - engage in or perform; "practice safe sex"; "commit a random act of kindness"|
ancient pagan practices → las antiguas costumbres or prácticas paganas
the practice of sending young offenders to prison → la práctica de enviar a prisión a los menores que han cometido un delito
it is not our practice to do that → no tenemos por norma hacer eso
unfair trade practices → prácticas fpl de comercio desleales
it is bad practice → no es una práctica recomendable
these mistakes do not point to bad practice in general → estos errores no apuntan a deficiencias en los métodos que se practican
it is common practice among modern companies to hire all their office equipment → entre las empresas modernas es una práctica muy extendida alquilar todo su material y mobiliario de oficina
it is good practice to interview several candidates before choosing one → es una práctica recomendable entrevistar a varios aspirantes antes de decidirse por uno
to make a practice of doing sth → acostumbrar a hacer algo
it is normal or standard practice for newspapers not to disclose such details → los periódicos tienen por norma no revelar ese tipo de detalles
this procedure has become standard practice in most hospitals → en la mayoría de los hospitales este procedimiento se ha convertido en norma
see also business B
see also restrictive, sharp A3
I need more practice (= practical experience) → necesito más práctica; (= to practise more) → necesito practicar más
it takes years of practice → requiere años de práctica
he does six hours' piano practice a day → practica el piano seis horas al día
I haven't got a job yet but the interviews are good practice → aún no tengo trabajo pero las entrevistas me sirven de práctica
skating's just a matter of practice → aprender a patinar es sólo cuestión de práctica
to be out of practice (at sport) → no estar en forma
it gets easier with practice → resulta más fácil con la práctica
practice makes perfect → la práctica hace al maestro
see also target C
see also teaching B
we must combine theory with practice → tenemos que combinar la teoría con la práctica
in practice → en la práctica
to put sth into practice → poner algo en práctica
the practice of medicine → el ejercicio de la medicina
to be in practice (as a doctor/lawyer) → ejercer (de médico/abogado)
he is no longer in practice → ya no ejerce
to go into practice (Med) → empezar a ejercer de médico
to set up in practice (Med) → poner consulta (Jur) → poner bufete
to set up in practice as a doctor/solicitor → establecerse de or como médico/abogado
an illegal practice → une pratique illégale
bank practices → les pratiques bancaires
it's normal practice → c'est une pratique normale
It's normal practice in our school → C'est une pratique normale dans notre école.
It's normal practice for your work to be checked by a supervisor → C'est une pratique normale que votre travail soit vérifié par un superviseur.
it's standard practice → c'est une pratique standard
it's common practice → c'est une pratique courante
We must combine theory with practice → Nous devons associer la théorie et la pratique.
in practice → en pratique
to put sth into practice → mettre qch en pratique
football practice → l'entraînement de football
with practice → avec de l'entraînement
I've got to do my piano practice → je dois travailler mon piano
2 hours' piano practice → 2 heures de travail or d'exercices au piano
to be out of practice → être rouillé(e)
practice makes perfect → à force de pratique, on y arrive
a medical practice → un cabinet médical
a dental practice → un cabinet dentaire
it's common practice → è d'uso
it is not our practice to do that → generalmente non lo facciamo
to make a practice of doing sth → avere l'abitudine di fare qc
target practice → pratica di tiro
piano practice → esercizi mpl al piano
football practice → allenamento di calcio
to be out of practice → esser fuori esercizio (or allenamento)
practice makes perfect → le cose si imparano a forza di pratica
he has a small practice (doctor) → ha un numero ristretto di pazienti (lawyer) → ha un numero ristretto di clienti
his practice is in Trieste → il suo studio è a Trieste
to set up in practice as → cominciare ad esercitare la professione di