Definition of practice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪs//
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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, restrictive practices
  4. habit/custom
  5. 3[countable] a thing that is done regularly; a habit or a custom the German practice of giving workers a say in how their company is run It is his practice to read several books a week.
  6. for improving skill
  7. 4  [uncountable, countable] doing an activity or training regularly so that you can improve your skill; the time you spend doing this conversation practice It takes a lot of practice to play the violin well. There's a basketball practice every Friday evening. She does an hour's piano practice every day. see also teaching practice
  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 solicitor is no longer in practice. a successful medical/dental/law practice see also family practice, general practice, group practice, private practice Wordfindercure, doctor, examine, medicine, patient, practice, prescribe, receptionist, specialist, surgeon
  10. Word Originlate Middle English: from practise, on the pattern of pairs such as advise, advice.Extra examples American social practices Certain practices exist in both public and private schools. Don’t worry if you can’t do it at first—it takes practice! Established practices are difficult to modify. He has been suspended from practice, pending legal investigations. He runs a successful legal practice in Ohio. His accent should improve with practice. I can’t wait to put what I’ve learned into practice. I don’t make a practice of forgetting to pay my bills, I assure you! I’ll be able to get in a bit of practice this weekend. I’ve had a lot of practice in saying ‘no’ recently! If you don’t play regularly you soon get out of practice. It is standard practice not to pay bills until the end of the month. It will be good practice for later, when you have to make speeches in public. It’s a group practice, so you can easily change doctors. Martin began his own practice in 1993. Religious practices differ from group to group. She has opened a new practice in the town. She maintains a private practice as a mental health consultant. She wants to go into general practice. Some prisoners defend this practice as the only way to survive. Such practices do not reflect our values. The bank has continued its practice of charging late fees. The children need more practice in tying their shoelaces. The idea sounds fine in theory, but would it work in practice? The practice of community policing was introduced in the 1970s. They carried out a study of Japanese working practices. This chapter gives students practice in using adjectives. This is now common practice among ethnographers. This practice was roundly condemned by the World Medical Association. We use this information to inform clinical practice. We watched the swimmers go through their practice drills. a doctor in general practice a physician in family practice a psychologist in private practice adopting current best practices in your business advice on adopting current best practice in your business changes in employment practices environmentally sound practices ethical practice within the profession good practice in undergraduate education hard work and daily practice practice at swimming underwater questionable accounting practices regarding the sale of hardware safe medical practices for children shady business practices studying Japanese working practices sustainable land-use practices the ancient custom of log rolling, a practice which continues to this day the company’s general practice of selling through agents the complications that arise in actual practice the decisions that govern our practice and our conduct the medical practices of ancient Egypt the practice of acupuncture voluntary codes of practice between sellers and customers A large number of dentists have left the National Health Service to set up in private practice. I like the German practice of giving workers a say in how their company is run. It is common practice in universities to employ foreign teachers as language assistants. It was my practice never to make a written record of the conversations. Members have to abide by the federation’s code of practice. My analyst is no longer in practice. Rumours of sharp practice or dishonest dealing will ruin his career. She does an hour’s piano practice every day. She runs a successful law practice. She’s determined to put her new ideas into practice. The book is about the theory and practice of teaching. The trainees need more practice in using the compass. There’s a basketball practice every Friday evening. They have been studying Japanese business practices. They have produced a guide to best practice for employers.Idioms 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 reality Prisoners have legal rights, but in practice these rights are not always respected. (saying) 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
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