Practice can be a noun or a verb, but either way it's about how things are done on a regular basis. You can practice shotput every day because your town has a practice of supporting track-and-field events.

One can practice the tuba for hours on end, repeating the same song over and over, serving to both get better at the tuba and to convince the neighbors they should move to Florida. You could learn the common practice of offering a guest a beverage when they arrive at your party, if you care to be polite. One can also practice a profession or a religion, as in “I practice Buddhism and I have a booming international law practice.”

Primary Meanings of practice

a customary way of operation or behavior
carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
systematic training by multiple repetitions
learn by repetition
Full Definitions of practice

n a customary way of operation or behavior

“it is their practice to give annual raises”
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use of biological principles in explaining human especially social behavior
the practice of cooperating
the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor
the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time
symbolisation, symbolism, symbolization
the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
practices typical of contemporary life or thought
occult, occult arts
supernatural practices and techniques
the practice of ornamental display
the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind
the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity
custom, usage, usance
accepted or habitual practice
habitual mode of behavior
characteristic or habitual practice
the practice of lobbying; the activities of a lobbyist
slaveholding, slavery
the practice of owning slaves
the practice of making a debtor work for his creditor until the debt is discharged
unwritten law
law based on customary behavior
lynch law
the practice of punishing people by hanging without due process of law
the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
the practice of nonconformity
calisthenics, callisthenics
the practice of calisthenic exercises
the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.
the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship
naturism, nudism
going without clothes as a social practice
the habitual practice of systematization and classification
cross dressing, transvestism, transvestitism
the practice of adopting the clothes or the manner or the sexual role of the opposite sex
the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels
human cannibalism; the eating of human flesh
a custom that is peculiar to the United States or its citizens
Anglicism, Britishism
a custom that is peculiar to England or its citizens
a custom or usage that has acquired the force of law
a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child
a custom that is peculiar to Germany or its citizens
habit, use
(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home
daily round, round
the usual activities in your day
line of least resistance, path of least resistance
the easiest way
annoyance, annoying, irritation, vexation
the act of troubling or annoying someone
disregard, neglect
willful lack of care and attention
exploitation, using, victimisation, victimization
an act that exploits or victimizes someone (treats them unfairly)
harassment, molestation
the act of tormenting by continued persistent attacks and criticism
abuse, ill-treatment, ill-usage, maltreatment
cruel or inhumane treatment
celebration, solemnisation, solemnization
the public performance of a sacrament or solemn ceremony with all appropriate ritual
rite, ritual
any customary observance or practice
Communion, Holy Communion, manduction, sacramental manduction
the act of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist
Type of:
any specific behavior

n knowledge of how something is usually done

“it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner”
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custom, tradition
a specific practice of long standing
convention, formula, normal, pattern, rule
something regarded as a normative example
practices that are handed down from the past by tradition
(sociology) the conventions that embody the fundamental values of a group
code of behavior, code of conduct
a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group
a behavioral convention or pattern characteristic of all members of a particular culture or of all human beings
habit, wont
an established custom
(Islam) a tradition based on reports of the sayings and activities of Muhammad and his companions
a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society
Type of:
cognition, knowledge, noesis
the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning

n the exercise of a profession

“the practice of the law”
“I took over his practice when he retired”
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the practice of giving expert advice within a particular field
the practice of beautifying the face and hair and skin
dental practice
the practice of dentistry
law practice
the practice of law
medical practice
the practice of medicine
the practice of an optometrist
private practice
the practice of a profession independently and not as an employee
the use or practice of witchcraft
family medicine, family practice
medical practice that provides health care regardless of age or sex while placing emphasis on the family unit
group practice
(medicine) the practice of medicine by a group of physicians who share their premises and other resources
empiricism, quackery
medical practice and advice based on observation and experience in ignorance of scientific findings
Type of:
employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization
the act of using

n translating an idea into action

“a hard theory to put into practice
Type of:
effectuation, implementation
the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect

v carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

practice law”
do, exercise, practise
shamanise, shamanize
practice shamanism

v engage in or perform

practice safe sex”
Type of:
engage, prosecute, pursue
carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

v avail oneself to

practice a religion”
practice non-violent resistance”
apply, use
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize
put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose
adhere to or practice

n systematic training by multiple repetitions

practice makes perfect”
drill, exercise, practice session, recitation
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fire drill
an exercise intended to train people in duties and escape procedures to be followed in case of fire
manual, manual of arms
(military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
military drill
training in marching and the use of weapons
(psychology) a form of practice; repetition of information (silently or aloud) in order to keep it in short-term memory
dry run, rehearsal
a practice session in preparation for a public performance (as of a play or speech or concert)
brushup, review
practice intended to polish performance or refresh the memory
(American football) practice play between a football team's squads
sparring with an imaginary opponent (for exercise or training)
target practice
practice in shooting at targets
close-order drill
(military) military drill of troops in standard marching (shoulder-to-shoulder)
drill on a barracks square
dress rehearsal
a full uninterrupted rehearsal in costumes shortly before the first performance
an uninterrupted rehearsal
a first perfunctory rehearsal of a theatrical production in which actors read their lines from the script and move as directed
rub up
a review that refreshes your memory
Type of:
grooming, preparation, training
activity leading to skilled behavior

v learn by repetition

“Pianists practice scales”
drill, exercise, practise
Type of:
learn, read, study, take
be a student of a certain subject

v engage in a rehearsal (of)

practise, rehearse
walk through
perform in a perfunctory way, as for a first rehearsal
practice playing (a sport)
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do, execute, perform
carry out or perform an action

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