Definitions of practice

  1. avail oneself to; " apply a principle"; " practice a religion"; " use care when going down the stairs"; " use your common sense"; " practice non- violent resistance"
  2. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; " practice law"
  3. systematic training by multiple repetitions; " practice makes perfect"
  4. a customary way of operation or behavior; " it is their practice to give annual raises"; " they changed their dietary pattern"
  5. translating an idea into action; " a hard theory to put into practice"; " differences between theory and praxis of communism"
  6. the exercise of a profession; " the practice of the law"; " I took over his practice when he retired"
  7. knowledge of how something is customarily done; " it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
  8. engage in a rehearsal ( of)
  9. knowledge of how something is usually done; " it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
  10. learn by repetition; " We drilled French verbs every day"; " Pianists practice scales"
  11. The act or exercise of training soldiers in the military art, as in the manual of arms, in the execution of evolutions, and the like; hence, diligent and strict instruction and exercise in the rudiments and methods of any business; a kind or method of military exercises; as, infantry drill; battalion drill; artillery drill.
  12. 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.
  13. Customary or constant use; state of being used.
  14. Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness.
  15. Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory.
  16. Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music.
  17. 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.
  18. Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense.
  19. A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.
  20. 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.
  21. To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming.
  22. To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine.
  23. To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music.
  24. To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.
  25. To make use of; to employ.
  26. To teach or accustom by practice; to train.
  27. 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.
  28. To learn by practice; to form a habit.
  29. To try artifices or stratagems.
  30. 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.
  31. Custom; habit; the putting to actual use of theoretic knowledge; exercise of any profession; regular exercise as a means to learning; skill gained by such exercise.
  32. To do often; work at or pursue as a profession; to perform often in order to learn.
  33. To do something as a habit; to follow a profession; to do something often in order to learn.
  34. Practise.
  35. The exercise of the profession of medicine.
  36. Pertaining to the elientele of a physician.
  37. A doing: the habit of doing anything: frequent use: performance: method: medical treatment: exercise of any profession: a rule in arithmetic.
  38. To put in practice or do habitually: to perform: to exercise, as a profession: to use or exercise: to commit.
  39. To have or to form a habit: to exercise any employment or profession: to try artifices.
  41. Habit; use; performance; exercise.
  42. To do or pursue habitually.
  43. To perform by way of training.
  44. To do something for amusement or training.
  45. To pursue a profession or calling.
  46. Any customary action or proceeding; regular prosecution of a profession; action for exercise or training.
  47. The doing of something thought of or planned.
  48. Action; frequent or customary action; habit; use; actual performance; medical treatment; exercise of a profession; a rule in arithmetic by which calculations are abridged.
  49. Frequent actions of the same or a similar kind; custom or habit; use or usage; method or art of doing anything; exercise of any profession; a rule in arithmetic, so called from its being applicable to daily transactions.

Quotes of practice

  1. Keep writing, because not only does practice improve skill, it gives you more chances to score on the market. I did that for eight years before making my first sale. – Piers Anthony
  2. And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other's dignity and rights. – Carol Bellamy
  3. I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything. – James Boswell
  4. I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true- hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice practice practice If you don't love something, then don't do it. – Ray Bradbury
  5. I came here as a practical man, to talk, not simply on the question of peace and war, but to treat another question which is of hardly less importance- the enormous and burdensome standing armaments which it is the practice of modern Governments to sustain in time of peace. – Richard Cobden
  6. These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate. – Jacques Derrida
  7. Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater. – Epictetus
  8. For every pass I caught in a game, I caught a thousand in practice – Don Hutson
  9. If nations could only depend upon fair and impartial judgments in a world court of law, they would abandon the senseless, savage practice of war. – Belva Lockwood
  10. The practice mirror is to be used for the correction of faults, not for a love affair, and the figure you watch should not become your dearest friend. – Agnes de Mille
  11. We cannot make good news out of bad practice – Edward R. Murrow
  12. Even though NASA tries to simulate launch, and we practice in simulators, it's not the same- it's not even close to the same. – Sally Ride
  13. In olden times sacrifices were made at the altar- a practice which is still continued. – Helen Rowland
  14. We devote our entire lives to becoming good ball players. We take batting practice until our hands bleed. – Willie Stargell
  15. I was such a dangerous hitter I even got intentional walks during batting practice – Casey Stengel

Usage examples for practice

  1. It will be something for you to look forward to, Tom, and I doubt not that you will find among the spare ones at Villeroy one as good as your own, and that with practice you will soon be able to shoot as truly with it. – At Agincourt by G. A. Henty
  2. He gave up his city practice and came to the country on her account. – Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  3. Why, after two years to get out of practice you took an awful chance of making a fool of yourself! – The Gringos by B. M. Bower
  4. Yes, but I am afraid I am rather out of practice – Elizabeth and her German Garden by "Elizabeth", AKA Marie Annette Beauchamp
  5. When it comes to practice we are funks. – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  6. We did not care how near it was, indeed, if it were only far enough away to be seen, in practice from almost the whole world. – The-Brick-Moon-and-Other-Stories by Hale, Edward Everett
  7. Then with a sudden little scream she exclaimed, Oh, Daddy, why can't you sell your practice and buy a ranch? – The Cow Puncher by Robert J. C. Stead
  8. You have a nice boat to practice in." – Andy Grant's Pluck by Horatio Alger
  9. This is not, in my opinion, the practice of medicine. – How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon
  10. Its results may be expected also to lead to better results than we now have in the theory and practice of education. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  11. I admit, however, that thousands of this class are very far gone from every sentiment, principle and practice of right conduct. – In-Darkest-England-and-the-Way-Out by Booth, William
  12. Such has always been my own practice – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  13. " I try to get him to give up the practice but I am afraid I don't have much success, though he takes it very well. – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  14. It was then I went to Guy Darrell, who was in full practice and said to him: 'Lend me one thousand pounds. – What Will He Do With It, Book 7. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  15. Then, in a little while, he said, Sister, when are you going to stop this practice – Thirty Indian Legends by Margaret Bemister
  16. " Very good practice said Adair, " but just let it be a little better." – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  17. Come on- it takes practice – No Man's Land by H. C. McNeile
  18. But she was out of practice – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  19. Practice in reading is the best master. – Pitman's Commercial Spanish Grammar (2nd ed.) by C. A. Toledano
  20. Of course he is allowed to practice besides for pay. – Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands by Charles Nordhoff

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