(noun, verb)


1. a customary way of operation or behavior

- it is their practice to give annual raises

Similar word(s): pattern

Definition categories: act, activity

2. systematic training by multiple repetitions

- practice makes perfect

Similar word(s): drill, exercise, recitation

Definition categories: act, grooming, preparation, training

3. translating an idea into action

- a hard theory to put into practice

Similar word(s): praxis

Definition categories: act, effectuation, implementation

4. the exercise of a profession

- the practice of the law

- I took over his practice when he retired

Definition categories: act, employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization

5. knowledge of how something is usually done

- it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner

Definition categories: thought, cognition, knowledge, noesis

Sentences with practice as a noun:

- He will need lots of practice with the lines before he performs them.

- She ran a thriving medical practice.

- It is the usual practice of employees there to wear neckties only when meeting with customers.

- It is good practice to check each door and window before leaving.

- That may work in theory, but will it work in practice?

- This firm of solicitors is involved in family law practice.


1. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

- practice law

Similar word(s): do, exercise, practise

Definition categories: social

2. learn by repetition

- Pianists practice scales

Similar word(s): drill, exercise, practise

Definition categories: cognition, learn, read, study, take

3. engage in a rehearsal (of)

Similar word(s): practise, rehearse

Definition categories: creation, do, execute, perform

4. avail oneself to

- practice a religion

- practice non-violent resistance

Similar word(s): apply, use

Definition categories: social

5. engage in or perform

- practice safe sex

Similar word(s): commit

Definition categories: social, engage, prosecute, pursue

Sentences with practice as a verb:

- You should practice playing piano every day.

- If you want to speak French well, you need to practice.

- They gather to practice religion every Saturday.

- She practiced law for forty years before retiring.