Definition of practice in English:

practice

noun

  • 1The actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it:

    ‘the principles and practice of teaching’
    ‘the recommendations proved too expensive to put into practice’
    • ‘We must again be aware of the gap between ideas and actual practice.’
    • ‘This is something that is far easier to state than to put into practice.’
    • ‘He said some recommendations had been put into practice while others were being implemented.’
    • ‘In the challenge of his new role he found an opportunity to put into practice theories which had long been forming in his mind.’
    • ‘However, Elliott warns that it still needs to be evaluated before the theory is put into practice.’
    • ‘Each camp featured league play in two divisions, where the campers put into practice what they had learned throughout the week.’
    • ‘How is he able to put into practice what he preached?’
    • ‘There is no fancy stuff here; just straight accounting theory put into practice.’
    • ‘They worked hard, ran hard and trained hard, all the time trying to put into practice what their coaches were telling them.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it often appears that she is unable to get her free-market ideas put into practice.’
    • ‘Not only are they divisive, but they might actually either have to be put into practice, or they might have to be changed.’
    • ‘The importance of this book lies in the fact that its author is concerned not just with ideas, but with actual practice.’
    • ‘It sounds like a good idea but theory and practice can be very different, as we have seen all too often before in this industry.’
    • ‘The third stage is actually to put into practice what we have heard and what we have contemplated.’
    • ‘Army leaders at all levels should renew efforts to reduce the gap between stated beliefs and actual practice.’
    • ‘The idea was put into practice last year but it was not until this term that it really took off.’
    • ‘As for the possibility of these suggestions being put into practice, that stage has not yet been reached.’
    • ‘How does our habitual practice of everyday eugenics shape our view of the world and of creation?’
    • ‘In practice, most are expected to be set up as master trusts.’
    • ‘However, when lessons are learned in the abstract they are not as valuable as when put into practice, as we learned the very next day.’
    use, make use of, put to use, utilize, apply, employ, exercise, put into effect, put into operation, draw on, bring into play
    application, exercise, use, operation, implementation, execution, enactment, action, doing
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    1. 1.1 The carrying out or exercise of a profession, especially that of a doctor or lawyer:
      ‘he abandoned medical practice for the Church’
      • ‘It accords completely with the constitutional requirements met by most of medical practice.’
      • ‘Until recently English courts have generally adopted the standard of accepted medical practice.’
      • ‘At present, the list of colleges where doctors can qualify to practice is legislated under the Health Insurance Act.’
      • ‘In good medical practice, the intention is to maximise the quality of life experienced by the patient.’
      • ‘But the main thrust of correspondence focused on the future of a particular medical practice.’
      • ‘Because of her focus on him, in her assessment of contemporary medical practice, she identifies the wrong problem.’
      • ‘The expansion of medical practice into the regulation of behaviour carries doctors beyond their sphere of expertise and competence.’
      • ‘This problem will permeate every aspect of medical research and practice in the future.’
      • ‘Suffice it to say that this has not been my experience of the last 15 years of medical practice.’
      • ‘He is a barrister and solicitor of this court, and he carries on the practice of his profession at the City of London.’
      • ‘Consideration should be given to removing the doctor from practice in such cases.’
      • ‘The motives of the doctor and the wider context of medical practice just aren't relevant.’
      • ‘I believe the most challenging aspect of all forms of medical practice is the need for, and the exercise of, judgment.’
      • ‘In a statement he admitted he plans to return to medical practice.’
      • ‘After publication, he decided to leave anatomical research to take up medical practice.’
      • ‘The urge to bring down the edifice of medical practice seems to me to indicate the extent to which our expectations have been brought down already.’
      • ‘We documented the preferences of a range of patients within one hospital, with the aim of informing doctors' practice.’
      • ‘He figured he could always incorporate his flair for comedy into his practice as doctor.’
      • ‘Once there the family found accommodation in Hindley Street where the doctor set up practice.’
      • ‘Once doctors entered practice, the profession was personally remunerative as well.’
      profession, career, business, work, pursuit, occupation, following
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    2. 1.2[count noun] The business or premises of a doctor or lawyer:
      ‘Dr Apps has a practice in Neasham Road’
      • ‘The only doctors' practice in Westbury is pressing ahead with plans to create three separate surgeries in the area.’
      • ‘Missed appointments at one doctors' practice in Keighley are costing £60,000 a year in wasted time.’
      • ‘Two of the groups consisted of doctors from different practices and one group comprised doctors from one practice.’
      • ‘He has now stopped his medical practice and is making use of his literary prowess to pen down useful material that is of some value to society.’
      • ‘A trail-blazing super care centre that would move three doctors' practices and a clinic to one site is a backwards step, health bosses were told.’
      • ‘Qualitative data showed that patients generally supported the teaching of student doctors in their practice.’
      • ‘Her reputation as a hardworking lawyer saw her practice grow, making her one of the five leading attorneys in Houston.’
      • ‘I have never been satisfied with this doctor's practice in the three years I have been there, and I really do intend to move.’
      • ‘But doctors claim many practices have been forced to change their booking systems to meet the targets.’
      • ‘While the name of only one doctor may appear on the contract, there may be other doctors sharing his practice.’
      • ‘And just like a doctors' practice, police hope the surgeries will prevent problems before they happen.’
      • ‘A self-contained extension to the rear previously served as a doctor's practice.’
      • ‘When and if you intend to foist 3,580 patients on to doctors in other practices, what will their reaction be?’
      • ‘Our current building is the size now allowed for a two doctor, 4,000 patient practice, and clearly cannot cope.’
      • ‘The doctor's practice in Settle has about 9,000 registered patients so we can't afford to be complacent.’
      • ‘Both I, and my sister's family, attend husband-and-wife doctors' practices.’
      • ‘It will call for improved career structures to be put in place to attract doctors to rural practices and for them to be given support to keep them in their jobs.’
      • ‘He sold his house to keep his medical practice going while he was away.’
      • ‘When he was deputy governor he still ran his doctor's practice.’
      • ‘Of course, some are plagued by such problems due to family difficulties, but, according to a survey among doctors' practices, many are there simply because they are over-burdened.’
      business, firm, office
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  • 2The customary, habitual, or expected procedure or way of doing of something:

    ‘product placement is common practice in American movies’
    [count noun] ‘modern child-rearing practices’
    • ‘‘The reason the magazine failed was not a failure of the message so much as lousy business practices,’ said Grace.’
    • ‘The practice was possibly carried over from a similar arrangement in Massachusetts.’
    • ‘It is expected to identify practices, procedures, and guidelines that will aid faculties in developing students to their maximum potential.’
    • ‘They also dealt with some topics on unethical practices in business.’
    • ‘The Federal Trade Commission handles complaints about deceptive or unfair business practices.’
    • ‘With the help of scanning technology and just-in-time inventory systems, businesses changed their practices.’
    • ‘The point is to protect the consumer from predatory business practices.’
    • ‘The businessmen also felt uncertain about the government's capability to enforce the law to ensure they were not hurt financially by unfair business practices.’
    • ‘This practice would carry on through the Apollo, Mercury, and Gemini space programs.’
    • ‘A strict code of practice is followed when carrying these out to protect the interests of the young person.’
    • ‘However, they have continued to carry out this practice and it's a continued difficulty.’
    • ‘The practice is expected to put huge strain on the state health budget.’
    • ‘He said admitting more patients for a short time was good medical practice, to allow doctors to make a diagnosis and provide treatment more quickly.’
    • ‘The whiff of fraudulent business practices will linger.’
    • ‘Woodrow Wilson instituted the modern practice of delivering it to congress in person.’
    • ‘We have been effective in changing cultural practices in businesses.’
    • ‘Every morning the Indian flag is ceremonially hoisted on a central flagpole, an unusual practice for businesses here.’
    • ‘It's common practice for Hollywood to remake an old movie, but today's news must be some kind of record.’
    • ‘‘By ignoring ethical business practices, small businesses are missing a trick,’ he said.’
    • ‘Lobby your MP, otherwise our silence will allow this barbaric practice to carry on.’
    custom, procedure, policy, convention, tradition, fashion, habit, wont, method, system, routine, institution, way, rule
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    1. 2.1 An established method of legal procedure.
      • ‘It is the universal practice in conveyancing that enquiries as to licences would have been made.’
      • ‘This conclusion is completely at odds with established legal practice and principles…’
      • ‘That the appellant notary acted in accordance with the then general notarial practice does not seem to be contested.’
      • ‘Conveyancing practice is plainly a matter within the knowledge of the courts.’
      • ‘It is now established practice for judges to quash a conviction while suggesting that the appellants are not necessarily innocent.’
  • 3Repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it:

    ‘it must have taken a lot of practice to become so fluent’
    • ‘Thus, additional practice and greater skill mastery is recommended in preparation for night diving activities.’
    • ‘We have to ride close to the trees and hold our horses there to share the experience, which is good practice for our riding skills.’
    • ‘The purpose was to demonstrate that knowledge could be acquired easily but skills came with practice.’
    • ‘The major element in such transformation was repeated practice of close order drill.’
    • ‘Continued practice and performance should easily eliminate these.’
    • ‘Like other skill development, intercultural skills are acquired through practice.’
    • ‘Public speaking is a learned skill that requires practice, effort, and confidence building.’
    • ‘It takes much skill and practice to churn out terracotta articles.’
    • ‘This game offers a great opportunity for practice of various motor skills.’
    • ‘It should be good practice for a repeat performance in March, when they go in front of the Commons' Culture Committee.’
    • ‘She worked very very hard on developing her skills at swimming and put in a lot of practice and training before the Olympics.’
    • ‘In the weeks before a performance, practice can easily consume six hours a day.’
    • ‘There was a ‘best dressed’ competition and lots of warm-up singing practice to kick the evening off.’
    • ‘One of a pair of identical twins was given a lot of early practice at a particular skill, such as crawling.’
    • ‘Also, we wanted to determine whether modest practice would modify performance of either group.’
    • ‘As with any skill, practice and repetition are the keys to confidence and competent performance.’
    • ‘Specifically military skills were acquired by actual practice and performance under supervision.’
    • ‘Having little practice in the gymnastic skills, which I was forced to learn during my training, I fell flat on my back.’
    • ‘They are skilled manipulators who lie with the proficiency of long practice.’
    • ‘Responsible believing is a skill that can be maintained only through constant practice.’
    training, rehearsal, repetition, preparation, exercise, drill, study
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    1. 3.1[count noun] A period of time spent practising an activity or skill:
      ‘daily choir practices’
      • ‘He'd had basketball practice after school and had changed clothes before he came over.’
      • ‘He stays late at practice refining skills and stays late in the weight room and film room.’
      • ‘As expected, band practice takes up a nice, hefty chunk of their time.’
      • ‘There will be a choir practice in Ballylinan on Thursday night at 8pm, for both the folk group and the adult choir.’
      • ‘A choir practice will take place in Woodfield church on this evening.’
      • ‘They have been rehearsing every weekend for the last three months, stepping up to daily practices for the last couple of weeks.’
      • ‘Choir practices are held every Wednesday night at 9 p.m. in the church and all new members are welcome.’
      • ‘Swimmers have two practices daily grouped by age and ability.’
      • ‘You see, cheerleading here is a year round sport with practices almost every other day, sometimes more.’
      • ‘They must have had some interesting choir practices.’
      • ‘Weekly choir practices take place in the parish church every Wednesday night at 8.00 pm.’
      • ‘Imagine the chagrin of a young team that has spent several practices learning a conventional offensive play only to meet this pattern.’
      • ‘All three groups are provided the opportunity to do two-a-day practices during the summer months.’
      • ‘Choir practice continues each Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm and new members would be most welcome.’
      • ‘She sharpens her skills at practice in preparation for a pair of weekend games.’
      • ‘It has been decided to start a children's choir with practices commencing on Monday 10th October at 8pm and finishing at 8.30 pm.’
      • ‘We constantly stress the sense of accomplishment they should carry away from practice.’
      • ‘And the past few months your practices have ran late!’
      • ‘Choir practice for this ceremony will take place on Monday nights.’
      • ‘The sample consisted of consecutive women attending the practices during time periods randomly selected for data collection.’

verb

Usage

Care should be taken with the use of the words practice and practise as there are differences in British and US usage. Practice is the correct spelling for the noun in both British and US English and it is also the spelling of the verb in US English. However, in British English the verb should be spelled practise

Origin

Late Middle English: from practise, on the pattern of pairs such as advise, advice.

Pronunciation:

practice

/ˈpraktɪs/