American English

Definition of practice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    action not ideas
  1. 1[uncountable] action rather than ideas the theory and practice of teaching She's determined to put her new ideas into practice.
  2. way of doing something
  3. 2[uncountable, countable] a way of doing something that is the usual or expected way in a particular organization or situation common/current/standard practice guidelines for good practice a review of pay and working practices religious practices child care policy and practice see also best practice, code of practice
  4. habit/custom
  5. 3[countable] a thing that is done regularly; a habit or a custom the American practice of giving workers two weeks of vacation a year It is his practice to read several books a week.
  6. for improving skill
  7. 4[uncountable] training or doing an activity regularly so that you can improve your skill; the time you spend doing this English conversation practice It takes a lot of practice to play the violin well. There's basketball practice every Wednesday night. She does an hour of piano practice every day.
  8. of doctor/lawyer
  9. 5[uncountable, countable] the work or the business of some professional people such as doctors, dentists, and lawyers; the place where they work the practice of medicine Students should have prior experience of veterinary practice. My lawyer is no longer in practice. a successful medical/dental/law practice see also family practice, general practice, group practice, private practice
  10. Idioms
    be/get/out of practice
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    to be/become less good at doing something than you were because you have not spent time doing it recently Don't ask me to speak French! I'm out of practice.
    in practice
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    in reality Prisoners have legal rights, but in practice these rights are not always respected.
    practice makes perfect (saying)
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    a way of encouraging people by telling them that if you do an activity regularly and try to improve your skill, you will become very good at it
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: practice