Pronunciation: (prak'tis), [key]
—n., v., -ticed, -tic•ing.
1. habitual or customary performance; operation: office practice.
2. habit; custom: It is not the practice here for men to wear long hair.
3. repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency: Practice makes perfect.
4. condition arrived at by experience or exercise: She refused to play the piano, because she was out of practice.
5. the action or process of performing or doing something: to put a scheme into practice; the shameful practices of a blackmailer.
6. the exercise or pursuit of a profession or occupation, esp. law or medicine: She plans to set up practice in her hometown.
7. the business of a professional person: The doctor wanted his daughter to take over his practice when he retired.
8. Law.the established method of conducting legal proceedings.
9. Archaic.plotting; intrigue; trickery.
10. Usually, practices. Archaic.intrigues; plots.
1. to perform or do habitually or usually: to practice a strict regimen.
2. to follow or observe habitually or customarily: to practice one's religion.
3. to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation: to practice law.
4. to perform or do repeatedly in order to acquire skill or proficiency: to practice the violin.
5. to train or drill (a person, animal, etc.) in something in order to give proficiency.
1. to do something habitually or as a practice.
2. to pursue a profession, esp. law or medicine.
3. to exercise oneself by repeated performance in order to acquire skill: to practice at shooting.
4. Archaic.to plot or conspire. Also, Brit.,practise (for defs. 11–19).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.