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practicing

[prak-ti-sing] /ˈpræk tɪ sɪŋ/
adjective
1.
actively working at a profession, especially medicine or law.
2.
actively following a specific way of life, religion, philosophy, etc.:
a practicing Catholic.
Origin

practice

[prak-tis] /ˈpræk tɪs/
noun
1.
habitual or customary performance; operation:
office practice.
2.
habit; custom:
It is not the practice here for men to wear long hair.
3.
repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency:
Practice makes perfect.
4.
condition arrived at by experience or exercise:
She refused to play the piano, because she was out of practice.
5.
the action or process of performing or doing something:
to put a scheme into practice; the shameful practices of a blackmailer.
6.
the exercise or pursuit of a profession or occupation, especially law or medicine:
She plans to set up practice in her hometown.
7.
the business of a professional person:
The doctor wanted his daughter to take over his practice when he retired.
8.
Law. the established method of conducting legal proceedings.
9.
Archaic. plotting; intrigue; trickery.
10.
Usually, practices. Archaic. intrigues; plots.
verb (used with object), practiced, practicing.
11.
to perform or do habitually or usually:
to practice a strict regimen.
12.
to follow or observe habitually or customarily:
to practice one's religion.
13.
to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation:
to practice law.
14.
to perform or do repeatedly in order to acquire skill or proficiency:
to practice the violin.
15.
to train or drill (a person, animal, etc.) in something in order to give proficiency.
verb (used without object), practiced, practicing.
16.
to do something habitually or as a practice.
17.
to pursue a profession, especially law or medicine.
18.
to exercise oneself by repeated performance in order to acquire skill:
to practice at shooting.
19.
Archaic. to plot or conspire.
Also, British, practise (for defs 11–19).
Origin
1375-1425; (v.) late Middle English practisen, practizen (< Middle French pra(c)tiser) < Medieval Latin prāctizāre, alteration of prācticāre, derivative of prāctica practical work < Greek prāktikḗ noun use of feminine of prāktikós practic; see -ize; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
practicer, noun
mispractice, noun, verb, mispracticed, mispracticing.
nonpractice, noun
outpractice, verb (used with object), outpracticed, outpracticing.
overpractice, verb (used with object), overpracticed, overpracticing.
prepractice, verb, prepracticed, prepracticing.
repractice, verb (used with object), repracticed, repracticing.
Synonyms
2. See custom. 3. application. See exercise.
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Examples from the web for practicing
  • Society in this country and royalty abroad spent time in practicing the intricate steps.
  • But truly devoted caregivers have learned a great secret, which is that kindness is replenished by the act of practicing it.
  • It was kind of amusing, because they're snarling and putting their claws out-they're practicing to be ferocious.
  • Shown here are musicians practicing on period instruments.
  • The religion was seen an indecent, disruptive and a method of decreasing the number of people practicing traditional religions.
  • By practicing yoga, the yogi has absorbed the universe into himself.
  • As a practicing vegetarian and a picky eater, she finds few choices at school.
  • Firefighters never stop practicing the skills they need to stay safe.
  • The ice columns on either side of the falls are popular with ice climbers practicing their skills.
  • The city, practicing a zero tolerance policy on graffiti, has gone so far as to paint over some of the murals completely.
British Dictionary definitions for practicing

practice

/ˈpræktɪs/
noun
1.
a usual or customary action or proceeding: it was his practice to rise at six, he made a practice of stealing stamps
2.
repetition or exercise of an activity in order to achieve mastery and fluency
3.
the condition of having mastery of a skill or activity through repetition (esp in the phrases in practice, out of practice)
4.
the exercise of a profession: he set up practice as a lawyer
5.
the act of doing something: he put his plans into practice
6.
the established method of conducting proceedings in a court of law
verb
7.
the US spelling of practise
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin practicāre to practise, from Greek praktikē practical science, practical work, from prattein to do, act
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Word Origin and History for practicing
adj.

1620s in reference to professions; from 1906 in reference to religions; present participle adjective from practice (v.).

practice

v.

c.1400, "to do, act;" early 15c., "to follow or employ; to carry on a profession," especially medicine, from Old French pratiser, practiser "to practice," alteration of practiquer, from Medieval Latin practicare "to do, perform, practice," from Late Latin practicus "practical," from Greek praktikos "practical" (see practical).

From early 15c. as "to perform repeatedly to acquire skill, to learn by repeated performance;" mid-15c. as "to perform, to work at, exercise." Related: Practiced; practicing.

n.

early 15c., practise, "practical application," originally especially of medicine but also alchemy, education, etc.; from Old French pratiser, from Medieval Latin practicare (see practice (v.)). From early 15c. often assimilated in spelling to nouns in -ice. Also as practic, which survived in parallel into 19c.

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practicing in Medicine

practice prac·tice (prāk'tĭs)
v. prac·ticed, prac·tic·ing, prac·tic·es
To engage in the profession of medicine or one of the allied health professions. n.

  1. The exercise of the profession of medicine.

  2. The business of a practicing physician or group of physicians, including facilities and customary patients.

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Slang definitions & phrases for practicing

practice

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