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[prak-tis] /ˈpræk tɪs/
verb (used with or without object), practised, practising. British.
Related forms
mispractise, noun, verb, mispractised, mispractising.
prepractise, verb, prepractised, prepractising.


[prak-tis] /ˈpræk tɪs/
habitual or customary performance; operation:
office practice.
habit; custom:
It is not the practice here for men to wear long hair.
repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency:
Practice makes perfect.
condition arrived at by experience or exercise:
She refused to play the piano, because she was out of practice.
the action or process of performing or doing something:
to put a scheme into practice; the shameful practices of a blackmailer.
the exercise or pursuit of a profession or occupation, especially law or medicine:
She plans to set up practice in her hometown.
the business of a professional person:
The doctor wanted his daughter to take over his practice when he retired.
Law. the established method of conducting legal proceedings.
Archaic. plotting; intrigue; trickery.
Usually, practices. Archaic. intrigues; plots.
verb (used with object), practiced, practicing.
to perform or do habitually or usually:
to practice a strict regimen.
to follow or observe habitually or customarily:
to practice one's religion.
to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation:
to practice law.
to perform or do repeatedly in order to acquire skill or proficiency:
to practice the violin.
to train or drill (a person, animal, etc.) in something in order to give proficiency.
verb (used without object), practiced, practicing.
to do something habitually or as a practice.
to pursue a profession, especially law or medicine.
to exercise oneself by repeated performance in order to acquire skill:
to practice at shooting.
Archaic. to plot or conspire.
Also, British, practise (for defs 11–19)
Origin of practice
late Middle English
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.
2. See custom. 3. application. See exercise. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for practise
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  • The practise was a common one, and machinery manufacturers followed the same plan.

  • One, a young Jesuit who had been in England, was delighted to practise his English.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • His father was desirous that he should practise the law; but after a short study of this Pinelli resumed his favourite pursuits.

  • I do not doubt but that by God's help you practise all this.

    The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
  • "Come and practise it to me, if your mother will be so kind as to bring you," said Peter Sherringham.

    The Tragic Muse Henry James
  • A professor,' he exclaims, 'and practise such villanies as these!

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • And, to practise poetry is not there as here, heinous to one's friends.

    The Way of the Gods John Luther Long
  • Because, I said, our rulers will often have to practise upon the body corporate with medicines.

    The Republic Plato
  • On some occasions novel engagements are pleasing; and thus we practise them again, and acquire a habit of performing them.

    Beauty Alexander Walker
  • In theory she was to compare Calhoun's lessons with his practise when alone.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for practise


to do or cause to do repeatedly in order to gain skill
(transitive) to do (something) habitually or frequently: they practise ritual murder
to observe or pursue (something, such as a religion): to practise Christianity
to work at (a profession, job, etc): he practises medicine
foll by on or upon. to take advantage of (someone, someone's credulity, etc)
Word Origin
C15: see practice


a usual or customary action or proceeding: it was his practice to rise at six, he made a practice of stealing stamps
repetition or exercise of an activity in order to achieve mastery and fluency
the condition of having mastery of a skill or activity through repetition (esp in the phrases in practice, out of practice)
the exercise of a profession: he set up practice as a lawyer
the act of doing something: he put his plans into practice
the established method of conducting proceedings in a court of law
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 practise

chiefly British English spelling of practice.



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.


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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practise 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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