practice Definition

  • 1the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about such application or use
  • 2repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it
  • 3the customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing something

Using practice: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "practice" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She put her ideas into practice and started her own business.

  • Example

    He needs to practice his guitar playing every day to improve.

  • Example

    The doctor's practice is located downtown.

  • Example

    It's common practice to shake hands when you meet someone for the first time.

practice Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for practice

Idioms Using practice

  • to do the things that you advise other people to do


    He always tells us to eat healthy food, but he doesn't practice what he preaches.

  • not having done something for a while and therefore not being as good at it as you used to be


    I haven't played tennis in years, so I'm completely out of practice.

  • a trial or rehearsal of a particular activity or event


    Let's do a practice run of the presentation before the actual meeting.

Phrases with practice

  • to begin to do or use something that you have been planning or learning about


    After studying the theory for months, she finally put it into practice.

  • in reality, in actual use or operation


    In theory, the new system should work well, but in practice, there are still some issues to be resolved.

  • to do something regularly or as a habit


    She makes a practice of going for a run every morning before work.

Origins of practice

from Old French 'practique', from late Latin 'practica', from Greek 'praktikē', feminine of 'praktikos', meaning 'practical'


Summary: practice in Brief

The term 'practice' [ˈpræktɪs] refers to the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as well as repeated exercise or performance to acquire or maintain proficiency. It can also denote customary or habitual procedures, exemplified by 'It's common practice to shake hands when you meet someone for the first time.' Phrases like 'put something into practice' and idioms like 'practice what you preach' extend its usage.

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