Definition of practice makes perfect in US English:

practice makes perfect


  • Used to convey that regular exercise of an activity or skill is the way to become proficient in it, especially when encouraging someone to persist in it.

    • ‘Subsequently, she advises: ‘Draw like crazy; practice makes perfect.’’
    • ‘Repetition is the mother of skill, and practice makes perfect.’
    • ‘Note: if the batter is not staying together, add an egg; if it's too thin add flour, too thick, add milk - it may be necessary to adjust to get the best results - practice makes perfect, really!’
    • ‘People say that practice makes perfect, but instead, every time I fail, I find I'm worse off the next time.’
    • ‘But, working on the premise that practice makes perfect, he continues to improve and is entitled to feel he is the second best player in the world at the moment, even if his official ranking is fifth.’
    • ‘But if practice makes perfect, I'm better equipped for my next foray into self-discipline, which begins the day this column is published.’
    • ‘I'm auditioning for several big events this year, and practice makes perfect.’
    • ‘But practice makes perfect, and my vocal speech skills can always be bettered.’
    • ‘Remember that practice makes perfect, so kiss often and be kissed!’
    • ‘When an athlete is trying to hone his or her skills the cliché often used is practice makes perfect.’