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Practice appears in the following tongue twister:

  • If practice makes perfect and perfect needs practice,
    I’m perfectly practiced and practically perfect.
    (by Karen and Alyse Ferry)

Usage statistics for the noun practice:

spoken English23.61%written English76.39% imaginative writing12.42%informational writing87.58%

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Practice is sometimes a misspelling of practise.

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Definition of the noun practice

What does practice mean as a name of something?

Practice is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: practices

  1. a customary way of operation or behavior
    • example: it is their practice to give annual raises
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of practice: pattern
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • biologism = use of biological principles in explaining human especially social behavior
      • cooperation = the practice of cooperating
      • featherbedding = the practice (usually by a labor union) of requiring an employer to hire more workers than are required
      • formalism = the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
      • one-upmanship = the practice of keeping one jump ahead of a friend or competitor
      • pluralism = the practice of one person holding more than one benefice at a time
      • symbolisation / symbolization / symbolism = the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
      • modernism = practices typical of contemporary life or thought
      • occult arts / occult = supernatural practices and techniques
      • ornamentalism = the practice of ornamental display
      • cannibalism = the practice of eating the flesh of your own kind
      • careerism = the practice of advancing your career at the expense of your personal integrity
      • custom / usance / usage = accepted or habitual practice
      • habitude = habitual mode of behavior
      • fashion = characteristic or habitual practice
      • lobbyism = the practice of lobbying
      • slaveholding / slavery = the practice of owning slaves
      • peonage = 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
      • mistreatment = the practice of treating (someone or something) badly
      • nonconformism = the practice of nonconformity
      • callisthenics / calisthenics = the practice of calisthenic exercises
      • papism / popery = offensive terms for the practices and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church
      • quotation = the practice of quoting from books or plays etc.
      • ritual = the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies
      • ritualism = exaggerated emphasis on the importance of rites or ritualistic forms in worship
      • naturism / nudism = going without clothes as a social practice
      • systematism = the habitual practice of systematization and classification
      • cross dressing / transvestitism / transvestism = the practice of adopting the clothes or the manner or the sexual role of the opposite sex
  2. systematic training by multiple repetitions
  3. translating an idea into action
    • example: a hard theory to put into practice
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of practice: praxis
    • more generic words: effectuation / implementation = the act of implementing
  4. the exercise of a profession
  5. knowledge of how something is usually done
    • example: it is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: cognition / knowledge / noesis = the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun practice


  1. Repetition of an activity to improve skill.
  2. [uncountable] The ongoing pursuit of a craft or profession, particularly in medicine or the fine arts.
  3. [countable] A place where a professional service is provided, such as a general practice.
  4. The observance of religious duties which a church requires of its members.
  5. A customary action, habit, or behavior; a manner or routine.
  6. Actual operation or experiment, in contrast to theory.
  7. [legal] synonym for "practice of law" or the methods and procedures appurtenant thereto, particularly with regard to special actions such as "motion practice", "trail practice", etc. Also with regard to specialties, eg., "family law practice", "media law practice"

Specialised definition of the noun practice

Glossary of sports

the process of repeating something such as an exercise many times in order to improve performance (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the fact of doing something, as opposed to thinking or talking about it (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb practice

What does practice mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: practiced | practicing | practices

  1. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
  2. learn by repetition
    • example: Pianists practice scales
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of practice: drill / exercise / practise
    • more generic words: learn / read / study / take = be a student of a certain subject
  3. engage in a rehearsal (of)
    • example: They will practice the duet
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb]He rehearsed
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]He rehearsed the song
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Recipient]He rehearsed the song for the exam
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]He rehearsed singing the song
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] for [Recipient]He rehearsed for the exam

      Verbs of Creation and Transformation (with the same syntax): exercise, rehearse, repeat, walk through.

    • domain: performing arts
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of practice: practise / rehearse
    • more generic words: do / execute / perform = carry out or perform an action
    • more specific terms:
  4. avail oneself to
    • examples: practice a religion | practice non-violent resistance
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of practice: apply / use
    • more specific word: follow = adhere to or practice
  5. engage in or perform
    • example: practice safe sex
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of practice: commit
    • more generic words: engage / prosecute / pursue = carry out or participate in an activity

Alternative definition of the verb practice


  1. [transitive, US] To repeat (an activity) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
  2. [intransitive, US] To repeat an activity in this way.
  3. [transitive, US] To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
  4. [transitive, US] To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
  5. [intransitive, archaic, US] To conspire.


"Practice" is a 2006 single album by Andy Lau.

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Practice is a concept widely used in social sciences such as sociology, anthropology, and archaeology, referring broadly to anything people do. It overlaps with the Weberian notion of social action and the Marxist concept of praxis. Notably, Pierre Bourdieu emphasized the role of practice in his theoretical framework.

Phrases with Practice

Phrases starting with the word Practice:

  1. practice game
  2. practice range
  3. practice of law
  4. practice session
  5. practice teacher

Phrases ending with the word Practice:

  1. In Practice
  2. law practice
  3. Best practice
  4. group practice
  5. Sharp practice
  6. skull practice
  7. dental practice
  8. family practice
  9. out of practice
  10. sexual practice
  11. target practice
  12. Code of Practice
  13. General practice
  14. medical practice
  15. private practice

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Practice

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Google previewTips for Success

by Kudakwashe Sithole

Practice means you hit 300 balls, with the same club, with the goal of leaving the ball within 20 feet of the same spot. And you do this every day. For a musician, practice means you play the same piece of music 1000 times, each time better ...

Google previewPublic Health Nursing (2014)

Population-Centered Health Care in the Community by Marcia Stanhope, Jeanette Lancaster

Community-Oriented Nursing Practice is a philosophy of nursing service delivery that involves the generalist or specialist...

Google previewMental Health and Mental Disorders: An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Conditions, Treatments, and Well-Being by Len Sperry

Best practice is a method that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means, and that is used as a...

Google previewThe Rules of Victory (2009)

How to Transform Chaos and Conflict : Strategies from The Art of War by James Gimian, Barry Boyce

Moving from view to practice means starting to enter the perilous—and promising —realm of action. The view of the Sun Tzu holds out the promise that it is possible to “take whole,” to act decisively in the world in such a way that conflicting ...

Google previewTeaching and Learning Through Reflective Practice (2010)

A Practical Guide for Positive Action by Tony Ghaye

Reflective practice is a label, used by some, that refers to the use of different methods which, arguably, offer the possibility of...

The second generic reflective practice is the way individuals, groups and organizations reflect on information ...

Google previewBeyond Epistemology (2012)

New Studies in the Philosophy of Hegel by F.G. Weiss

All practice is the realizing of the ideal, the externalizing — die Ausserung is Hegel's word, which carries the senses of utterance, statement, and manifestation , expression, as well—of the internal. Its meaning lies in the fact that only in and ...

Google previewLandscape (2013)

Between conservation and transformation by Aa.Vv.

Good Practice is a reference of realized experiences from which to catch factors of success for declining them in the local study: in this case,

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Usage statistics about practice

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun practice:

spoken English23.61%written English76.39% imaginative writing12.42%informational writing87.58%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun practice:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb practice:


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Quotes about Practice

School is practice for future life, practice makes perfect and nobodys perfect, so why practice? (Billie Joe Armstrong)
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Scrabble value of P3R1A1C3T1I1C3E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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