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From Middle English practizen, a variant of practisen, from Middle French pratiser, practiser, from Medieval Latin practizo, from Late Latin practico (to do, perform, execute, propose, practise, exercise, be conversant with, contrive, conspire, etc.), from prāctica (practical affairs", "business), from Ancient Greek πρᾱκτική (prāktikḗ), from πρᾱκτικός (prāktikós, practical), from πρᾱ́σσειν (prā́ssein, to do).


  • enPR: prăkʹtĭs, IPA(key): /ˈpɹæktɪs/
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practise (third-person singular simple present practises, present participle practising, simple past and past participle practised)

  1. (transitive) To repeat (an activity) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
    You should practise playing piano every day.
  2. (intransitive) To repeat an activity in this way.
    If you want to speak French well, you need to practise.
  3. (transitive) To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
    They gather to practise religion every Saturday.
    • 2012 March-April, John T. Jost, “Social Justice: Is It in Our Nature (and Our Future)?”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 2, page 162:
      He draws eclectically on studies of baboons, descriptive anthropological accounts of hunter-gatherer societies and, in a few cases, the fossil record. With this biological framework in place, Corning endeavors to show that the capitalist system as currently practiced in the United States and elsewhere is manifestly unfair.
  4. (transitive) To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
    She practised law for forty years before retiring.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To conspire.
  6. To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.
  7. To make use of; to employ.
    • (Can we date this quote by Massinger and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      In malice to this good knight's wife, I practised Ubaldo and Ricardo to corrupt her.
  8. To teach or accustom by practice; to train.
    • (Can we date this quote by Landor and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practised to love their neighbour.

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  • British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand English spelling distinguishes between practice (a noun) and practise (a verb), analogously with advice and advise. In American English, the spelling practice is commonly used for both noun and verb.

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practise (plural practises)

  1. Misspelling of practice.