(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
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.