Definition of practised in English:


(US practiced)


  • Expert, typically as the result of much experience.

    ‘admiring the dress with a practised eye’
    ‘the waiter was practised at disrupting moments of intimacy’
    • ‘She wants to gall her rival and does it with malicious and practised expertise.’
    • ‘Each approaches the material with the practiced ease of a veteran, and the result is a pair of three-dimensional characters.’
    • ‘Together these two men have a ton of movie and television experience and they move with the practiced ease of true professionals.’
    • ‘At first glance the crevice seemed natural, but then his skilled eye noted that it was just too neat and had been carefully hewn by practiced, adept hands.’
    • ‘He knew this was a very practiced and trained crew of men.’
    • ‘It provides complex sensations that let practiced users tunnel through multiple menus without looking at the display.’
    • ‘This shows us the tremendous speed that comes with a technique applied by a skilled and practiced man functioning at an unconscious competence level.’
    • ‘After all, the amateur investigator is bound to make mistakes, and needs the corrective hand of those who have continuous experience and a practiced skill.’
    • ‘Then, with the practiced thoroughness of an experienced computer hacker, she created and deployed a stealth-virus program.’
    • ‘The gags almost seem muted by the technical proficiency of a practiced master of cinema.’
    • ‘I continue to believe that foxes must be controlled and that this is best served by the practiced and experienced gamekeeper and farmer.’
    • ‘From such early beginnings she has developed a practised eye for what will sell.’
    • ‘He is a practised master at the art of schmoozing the media.’
    • ‘The public service role of television news at the time of a major accident is fairly obvious and the private news channels now slip into it in a practised way.’
    • ‘At school I was quite the womaniser, sending and receiving Valentine's cards with the practised air of a seasoned gigolo.’
    • ‘There were none of the self-conscious, practiced movements of veterans of the catwalk.’
    • ‘Just as he's an expert guide through the between-spaces of the city, so he's a practised navigator through different psychic spaces.’
    • ‘The thief was as thin as a willow branch and cut open the bulging purses with the ease and dexterity of a practiced and experienced thief.’
    • ‘A practiced knitter might be able to add to these observations.’
    • ‘Like a practised wine taster, she swilled the dark liquid around in her mouth then swallowed.’
    expert, experienced, seasoned, skilled, skilful, accomplished, proficient, talented, able, capable, adept, adroit, consummate, master, masterly, veteran
    trained, qualified, well trained, well versed
    crack, ace, mean, demon, wizard
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