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. a customary way of operation or behavior; " it is their practice to give annual raises"; " they changed their dietary pattern"
  4. translating an idea into action; " a hard theory to put into practice"; " differences between theory and praxis of communism"
  5. knowledge of how something is customarily done; " it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
  6. engage in a rehearsal ( of)
  7. knowledge of how something is usually done; " it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
  8. learn by repetition; " We drilled French verbs every day"; " Pianists practice scales"
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Customary or constant use; state of being used.
  12. Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness.
  13. Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory.
  14. Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music.
  15. 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.
  16. Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense.
  17. A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business.
  18. 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.
  19. To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming.
  20. To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine.
  21. To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music.
  22. To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.
  23. To make use of; to employ.
  24. To teach or accustom by practice; to train.
  25. 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.
  26. To learn by practice; to form a habit.
  27. To try artifices or stratagems.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. To do often; work at or pursue as a profession; to perform often in order to learn.
  31. To do something as a habit; to follow a profession; to do something often in order to learn.
  32. Practise.
  33. The exercise of the profession of medicine.
  34. Pertaining to the elientele of a physician.
  35. A doing: the habit of doing anything: frequent use: performance: method: medical treatment: exercise of any profession: a rule in arithmetic.
  36. To put in practice or do habitually: to perform: to exercise, as a profession: to use or exercise: to commit.
  37. To have or to form a habit: to exercise any employment or profession: to try artifices.
  39. Habit; use; performance; exercise.
  40. To do or pursue habitually.
  41. To perform by way of training.
  42. To do something for amusement or training.
  43. To pursue a profession or calling.
  44. Any customary action or proceeding; regular prosecution of a profession; action for exercise or training.
  45. The doing of something thought of or planned.
  46. Action; frequent or customary action; habit; use; actual performance; medical treatment; exercise of a profession; a rule in arithmetic by which calculations are abridged.
  47. 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.

Usage examples for practice

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. When it comes to practice, we are funks. – The Devil's Paw by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  5. Come on- it takes practice. – No Man's Land by H. C. McNeile
  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. " 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
  8. 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
  9. Yes, but I am afraid I am rather out of practice. – Elizabeth and her German Garden by "Elizabeth", AKA Marie Annette Beauchamp
  10. 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)
  11. Practice in reading is the best master. – Pitman's Commercial Spanish Grammar (2nd ed.) by C. A. Toledano
  12. 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
  13. But she was out of practice. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  14. 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
  15. " Very good practice," said Adair, " but just let it be a little better." – The Three Commanders by W.H.G. Kingston
  16. Then, in a little while, he said, Sister, when are you going to stop this practice? – Thirty Indian Legends by Margaret Bemister
  17. He gave up his city practice and came to the country on her account. – Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  18. Of course he is allowed to practice besides for pay. – Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands by Charles Nordhoff
  19. 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