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Definition of practise verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    practise

     verb
    (especially US English practice) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪs//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they practise
    BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪs//
     
    he / she / it practises
    BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪsɪz//
     
    past simple practised
    BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪst//
     
    past participle practised
    BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪst//
     
    -ing form practising
    BrE BrE//ˈpræktɪsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpræktɪsɪŋ//
     
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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 practise every day. practise for something She's practising for her piano exam. practise something I've been practising my serve for weeks. practise (something) on somebody/something He usually wants to practise his English on me. practise doing something Practise reversing the car into the garage. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet. See related entries: Exams and assessment, Language skills
  2. 2  [transitive] practise something (formal) to do something regularly as part of your normal behaviour to practise self-restraint/safe sex Do you still practise your religion?
  3. 3  [intransitive, transitive] to work as a doctor, lawyer, etc. There are over 50 000 solicitors practising in England and Wales. practise as something She practised as a barrister for many years. practise something He was banned from practising medicine.
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French practiser or medieval Latin practizare, alteration of practicare ‘perform, carry out’, from practica ‘practice’, from Greek praktikē, feminine (used as a noun), of praktikos ‘concerned with action’, from prattein ‘do, act’.Extra examples He was well practised in meditation. I learned hairdressing by practising on my sister. Polygamy is legal, but it is very rarely practised. She diligently practised her piano every day. She’s practising hard for the piano competition. These methods are still practised today. This model of education widely practised. whaling as currently practised A lot of couples now practise safe sex. Christians were allowed to practise their faith unmolested by the authorities. He practised as a lawyer for many years. I’ve been practising my tennis serve for weeks. People found guilty of practising black magic were hanged. She was banned from practising medicine. She’s been practising hard for her piano exam. Train yourself to practise self-restraint.Idioms
    practise what you preach
     
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    to do the things yourself that you tell other people to do
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: practise