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Actively working in, engaging in, or observing something, especially a particular profession or religion: a practicing attorney; a practicing Catholic.


(ˈpræk tɪ sɪŋ)

1. actively working at a profession.
2. actively following a religion, philosophy, or way of life.
References in classic literature ?
She took occasional rests from practicing, and absorbed herself in calculating her chances.
Piqued at their raillery, he had been practicing ever since he had joined the expedition, but without success.
I've had the boys practicing this long time, privately; and just hungry for a chance to show off.
From then on Sola instructed me in the mysteries of the various weapons, and with the Martian young I spent several hours each day practicing upon the plaza.
I have been working very hard lately, because I want to keep up with Jonathan's studies, and I have been practicing shorthand very assiduously.
One often sees them, at the tables in the Castle grounds, using their whips or canes to illustrate some new sword trick which they have heard about; and between the duels, on the day whose history I have been writing, the swords were not always idle; every now and then we heard a succession of the keen hissing sounds which the sword makes when it is being put through its paces in the air, and this informed us that a student was practicing.
About this time, the fellow who was hanging on to the tail of the horse in front of me and practicing all sorts of unnecessary cruelty upon the animal, got kicked some fourteen rods, and this incident, together with the fairy spectacle of the lights far in the distance, made me serenely happy, and I was glad I started to Vesuvius.
While awaiting the time for carrying out her plans on a large scale, however, Kitty, even then at the springs, where there were so many people ill and unhappy, readily found a chance for practicing her new principles in imitation of Varenka.
Do you see any particular objection to practicing a pious fraud on Mrs.