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.”

Definitions of practice
  1. noun
    a customary way of operation or behavior
    “it is their practice to give annual raises”
    synonyms: pattern
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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
  2. noun
    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
    heritage, legacy
    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
  3. noun
    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
  4. noun
    translating an idea into action
    “a hard theory to put into practice
    synonyms: praxis
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    effectuation, implementation
    the act of implementing (providing a practical means for accomplishing something); carrying into effect
  5. verb
    carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
    practice law”
    synonyms: do, exercise, practise
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    shamanise, shamanize
    practice shamanism
  6. verb
    engage in or perform
    synonyms: commit
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    type of:
    engage, prosecute, pursue
    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
  7. verb
    avail oneself to
    practice a religion”
    practice non-violent resistance”
    synonyms: 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
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    adhere to or practice
  8. noun
    systematic training by multiple repetitions
    practice makes perfect”
    synonyms: 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
  9. verb
    learn by repetition
    “Pianists practice scales”
    synonyms: drill, exercise, practise
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    learn, read, study, take
    be a student of a certain subject
  10. verb
    engage in a rehearsal (of)
    synonyms: practise, rehearse
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    walk through
    perform in a perfunctory way, as for a first rehearsal
    practice playing (a sport)
    type of:
    do, execute, perform
    carry out or perform an action
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