American English

Definition of practice verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (practise)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they practice
    he / she / it practices
    past simple practiced
    -ing form practicing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to do an activity or train regularly so that you can improve your skill You need to practice every day. practice for something The team is practicing for their big game on Friday. practice something to practice the piano every day They practiced the dance until it was perfect. practice (something) on somebody/something He usually wants to practice his English on me. practice doing something I practiced backing the car into the garage.
  2. 2[transitive] practice something to do something regularly as part of your normal behavior to practice self-restraint Do you still practice your religion?
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to work as a doctor, lawyer, etc. There are over 5,000 corporate lawyers practicing in the city. practice as something She practiced as a trial lawyer for many years. practice something She's practicing medicine in Philadelphia.
  4. Idioms
    practice what you preach
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    to do the things yourself that you tell other people to do
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: practice