practice
I. verb also practise (practiced; also practised; practicing; also practising) Etymology: Middle English practisen, from Middle French practiser, from Medieval Latin practizare, alteration of practicare, from practica practice, noun, from Late Latin practice, from Greek praktikē, from feminine of praktikos Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. carry out, apply <
practice what you preach
>
b. to do or perform often, customarily, or habitually <
practice politeness
>
c. to be professionally engaged in <
practice medicine
>
2. a. to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient <
practice the act
>
b. to train by repeated exercises <
practice pupils in penmanship
>
3. obsolete plot intransitive verb 1. to do repeated exercises for proficiency 2. to pursue a profession actively 3. archaic intrigue 4. to do something customarily 5. to take advantage of someone <
he practised on their credulity with huge success — Times Literary Supplement
>
practicer noun II. noun also practise Date: 15th century 1. a. actual performance or application <
ready to carry out in practice what they advocated in principle
>
b. a repeated or customary action <
had this irritating practice
>
c. the usual way of doing something <
local practices
>
d. the form, manner, and order of conducting legal suits and prosecutions 2. a. systematic exercise for proficiency <
practice makes perfect
>
b. the condition of being proficient through systematic exercise <
get in practice
>
3. a. the continuous exercise of a profession b. a professional business; especially one constituting an incorporeal property Synonyms: see habit

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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