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[prak-tis] /ˈpræk tɪs/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), practised, practising. British
Related forms
mispractise, noun, verb, mispractised, mispractising.
prepractise, verb, prepractised, prepractising. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for practising
  • Society now unscrupulously holds religion and the religious up to a standard that it has no intentions of practising itself.
  • He has been practising with his teammates and is nearing a return.
  • She has also been banned from practising for five years.
  • The coalition partners were rewarded for practising clean politics and showing sound economic management.
  • Even these cheerleaders admit there are differences between practising management and, say, medicine.
  • In general, both books succeed in being as engaging to the layman as to the practising or studying doctor.
  • He drew upon industrial economics, but offered specific advice to practising managers.
  • practising ones shun alcohol, cigarettes and even coffee.
  • There is evidence of defending lawyers sleeping on the job or practising while drunk.
British Dictionary definitions for practising


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
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chiefly British English spelling of practice.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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