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NOUN (5)

1. a customary way of operation or behavior;
- Example: "it is their practice to give annual raises"
- Example: "they changed their dietary pattern"
[syn: practice, pattern]

2. systematic training by multiple repetitions;
- Example: "practice makes perfect"
[syn: exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitation]

3. translating an idea into action;
- Example: "a hard theory to put into practice"
- Example: "differences between theory and praxis of communism"
[syn: practice, praxis]

4. the exercise of a profession;
- Example: "the practice of the law"
- Example: "I took over his practice when he retired"

5. knowledge of how something is usually done;
- Example: "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"


VERB (5)

1. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions;
- Example: "practice law"
[syn: practice, practise, exercise, do]

2. learn by repetition;
- Example: "We drilled French verbs every day"
- Example: "Pianists practice scales"
[syn: drill, exercise, practice, practise]

3. engage in a rehearsal (of);
[syn: rehearse, practise, practice]

4. avail oneself to;
- Example: "apply a principle"
- Example: "practice a religion"
- Example: "use care when going down the stairs"
- Example: "use your common sense"
- Example: "practice non-violent resistance"
[syn: practice, apply, use]

5. engage in or perform;
- Example: "practice safe sex"
- Example: "commit a random act of kindness"
[syn: commit, practice]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Practice \Prac"tice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Practiced; p. pr. & vb. n. Practicing.] [Often written practise, practised, practising.] 1. To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming. "Incline not my heart . . . practice wicked works." --Ps. cxli. 4. [1913 Webster] 2. To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine. [1913 Webster] 2. To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music. [1913 Webster] 4. To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do. "Aught but Talbot's shadow whereon to practice your severity." --Shak. [1913 Webster] As this advice ye practice or neglect. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 5. To make use of; to employ. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In malice to this good knight's wife, I practiced Ubaldo and Ricardo to corrupt her. --Massinger. [1913 Webster] 6. To teach or accustom by practice; to train. [1913 Webster] In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practiced to love their neighbor. --Landor. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Practice \Prac"tice\, n. [OE. praktike, practique, F. pratique, formerly also, practique, LL. practica, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? practical. See Practical, and cf. Pratique, Pretty.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] A heart . . . exercised with covetous practices. --2 Pet. ii. 14. [1913 Webster] 2. Customary or constant use; state of being used. [1913 Webster] Obsolete words may be revived when they are more sounding or more significant than those in practice. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Skill or dexterity acquired by use; expertness. [R.] "His nice fence and his active practice." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Actual performance; application of knowledge; -- opposed to theory. [1913 Webster] There are two functions of the soul, -- contemplation and practice. --South. [1913 Webster] There is a distinction, but no opposition, between theory and practice; each, to a certain extent, supposes the other; theory is dependent on practice; practice must have preceded theory. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 5. Systematic exercise for instruction or discipline; as, the troops are called out for practice; she neglected practice in music. [1913 Webster] 6. 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. [1913 Webster] Practice is exercise of an art, or the application of a science in life, which application is itself an art. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster] 7. Skillful or artful management; dexterity in contrivance or the use of means; art; stratagem; artifice; plot; -- usually in a bad sense. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster] He sought to have that by practice which he could not by prayer. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] 8. (Math.) A easy and concise method of applying the rules of arithmetic to questions which occur in trade and business. [1913 Webster] 9. (Law) 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. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster] Syn: Custom; usage; habit; manner. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Practice \Prac"tice\, v. i. [Often written practise.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To learn by practice; to form a habit. [1913 Webster] They shall practice how to live secure. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Practice first over yourself to reign. --Waller. [1913 Webster] 3. To try artifices or stratagems. [1913 Webster] He will practice against thee by poison. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. 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. [1913 Webster] [I am] little inclined to practice on others, and as little that others should practice on me. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

practice n 1: a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern" [syn: practice, pattern] 2: systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect" [syn: exercise, practice, drill, practice session, recitation] 3: translating an idea into action; "a hard theory to put into practice"; "differences between theory and praxis of communism" [syn: practice, praxis] 4: the exercise of a profession; "the practice of the law"; "I took over his practice when he retired" 5: knowledge of how something is usually done; "it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner" v 1: carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law" [syn: practice, practise, exercise, do] 2: learn by repetition; "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales" [syn: drill, exercise, practice, practise] 3: engage in a rehearsal (of) [syn: rehearse, practise, practice] 4: avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance" [syn: practice, apply, use] 5: engage in or perform; "practice safe sex"; "commit a random act of kindness" [syn: commit, practice]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

487 Moby Thesaurus words for "practice": Gedankenexperiment, MO, accordance, acquittal, acquittance, act, acting, action, actions, activism, activity, acts, actually, addition, address, adherence, affectation, agency, air, algorithm, application, apprentice, apprenticeship, approach, approximation, art, assay, athletics, attack, audition, automatism, background, bad habit, basic training, battologize, be about, be doing, be engaged in, be occupied with, be responsible for, bearing, behave, behavior, behavior pattern, behavioral norm, behavioral science, bench test, blaseness, bon ton, bone, boning, brainwork, break, break in, breaking, breather, breed, breeding, bring to test, bring up, business, cabal, calisthenics, calling, care, career, career building, careerism, carriage, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, carry through, carrying out, ceremonial, ceremony, characteristic, compliance, comportment, con, condition, conditioning, conduct, confirm, conformance, conformity, 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trick, try, try it on, try out, tryout, unaccustomed, undertake, upbringing, usage, use, usefulness, utility, utilize, validate, verify, vet, vocation, vocational education, vocational training, wade through, wage, walk, walk of life, warm-up, way, way of life, ways, what is done, wide reading, wield, wise, wont, wonting, work, work at, working, workings, workout, worldly wisdom, yoga
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

PRACTICE. The form, manner and order of conducting and carrying on suits or prosecutions in the courts through their various stages, according, to the principles of law, and the rules laid down by the respective courts. 2. By practice is also meant the business which an attorney or counsellor does; as, A B has a good practice. 3. The books on practice are very numerous; among the most popular are those Of Tidd, Chitty, Archbold, Sellon, Graham, Dunlap, Caines, Troubat and Haly, Blake, Impey. 4. A settled, uniform, and loll, continued practice, without objection is evidence of what the law is, and such practice is based on principles which are founded in justice and convenience. Buck, 279; 2 Russ. R. 19, 570; 2 Jac. It. 232; 5 T. R. 380; 1 Y. & J. 167, 168; 2 Crompt. & M. 55; Ram on Judgm. ch. 7.