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practice noun 1 the process of carrying something out put ideas into practice. 2 a habit, activity, procedure or custom Don't make a practice of it! 3 repeated exercise to improve technique in an art or sport, etc. 4 the business or clientele of a doctor, dentist, lawyer, etc. be in or out of practice to have maintained, or failed to maintain, one's skill in an art or sport, etc.
ETYMOLOGY: 16c: from practise.
In British English, practice is the spelling of the noun, and practise the verb. American English uses practice for both.
practise or (US) practice verb (practised, practising) 1 tr & intr to do exercises repeatedly in (an art or sport, etc) so as to improve one's performance. 2 to make a habit of something practise self-control. 3 to go in for something as a custom tribes that practise bigamy. 4 to work at or follow (an art or profession, especially medicine or law). 5 to perform (a wrongful act) against someone He practised a cruel deception on them.
ETYMOLOGY: 15c: from Latin practicare, from Greek praktikos practical work.
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