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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), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *per(h₂)- (to go over, cross).


  • 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.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 39:
      Hydromancy was extensively practised by the Egyptian priests and sorcerers[.]
    • 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.
  8. To teach or accustom by practice; to train.

Usage notes[edit]

  • British, Australian, New Zealand and South African 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. Both practices are found equally in Canadian English.

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practise (plural practises)

  1. Misspelling of practice.