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Definition of 'practice'


  1. a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
       Synonyms: pattern
  2. systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes perfect"
       Synonyms: exercise drill practice session recitation
  3. translating an idea into action; "a hard theory to put into practice"; "differences between theory and praxis of communism"
       Synonyms: 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"


  1. learn by repetition; "We drilled French verbs every day"; "Pianists practice scales"
       Synonyms: drill exercise practise
  2. avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
       Synonyms: apply use
  3. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions; "practice law"
       Synonyms: practise exercise do
  4. engage in a rehearsal (of)
       Synonyms: rehearse practise

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