Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Chiefly British Variant of practice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To repeat as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
  • v. To repeat an activity in this way.
  • v. To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
  • v. To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
  • v. To conspire.
  • v. Alternative spelling of practice (verb).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. See practice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into action or practice; execute; perform; enact.
  • To do or perform frequently or habitually; make a practice of; observe or follow usually: as, to practise the Christian virtues; to practise deception.
  • To make use of; frequent.
  • To exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation: as, to practise law.
  • To exercise one's self in, with the object of acquiring skill or experience; study or learn by repeated performance: as, to practise a piece of music.
  • To cause to practise; teach by practice or exercise; train; drill.
  • To scheme; plot; contrive craftily or treacherously.
  • To influence; entice; tamper with; bribe.
  • To make; construct; build.
  • To perform certain acts repeatedly or usually; exercise, train, or drill one's self: as, to practise upon the piano; to practise with the rifle.
  • To form a habit of action; act or do habitually; hence, to behave; conduct one's self.
  • To exercise a profession; follow a vocation.
  • To experiment.
  • To negotiate secretly; have a secret understanding.
  • To use schemes or stratagems; conspire; plot.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions
  • v. learn by repetition
  • v. engage in a rehearsal (of)

Etymologies

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 πρακτική (prāktikē), from πρακτικός (praktikós, "practical"), from πράσσειν (prassein, "to do") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The first efforts may be very lame, but if you want speed on a typewriter, a record for a hundred-yard dash, or facility in speaking, you must practise, _practise_, _PRACTISE_.

    The Art of Public Speaking

  • But they cannot be mastered and applied by thinking or reading about them -- you must practise, _practise_, _PRACTISE_.

    The Art of Public Speaking

  • This practise is almost absent now - my father who can be a little hard of hearing, is unable to follow Hindi movies produced today, but can still understand the older movies broadcast on TV.

    1980 Bollywood Film

  • People at the bottom end of the legal job market seem in practise to drop out of lawyering.

    Matthew Yglesias » Too Many Lawyers, But Also Too Many Cartels

  • I believe usual practise is to assume that if you got a nice early slide this time because of BST, you might get a kick in the rear end later in the year from the return to GMT; your twelve hour night shift magically morphing into a 13hr slog.

    Policing Pledge Is A Lie SHOCK « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I suspect it is a senior officer having yet another example of ‘diversity in practise’ for the next promotion board! on January 14, 2010 at 2: 30 pm refurbished laptops as a short fella myself, I know this guy is going to face grief over his height, but it seems he has the right attitude.

    Devon & Cornwall « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • For example sometimes Scott puts his e-mail address like this: ‘myextralife at gmail dot com’, best practise is to put you e-mail in a picture where the bots cant harvest them easily or hide the e-mail behind a CAPTCHA.

    EXTRALIFE – By Scott Johnson - Sometimes this site gets crazy spam

  • My example of the "walking" was one such attempt: I didn't say it was likely that such would happen in practise (it is not), but rather that, legally it wouldn't make sense to assume the literal right to assemble without the incorporation of some panoply (or "penumbra") of associated rights that, while not explicit, in their absense would gut or make a mockery of the one right explicitly given.

    Balkinization

  • In some instances, they'd marry the local doctor and support him in practise well able to focus her primary attention upon the family - sons and dauhters following in the family tradition, building up the family dynasty as it were. (not the gigantic supermarket medical centres of today).

    A Look at the Past

  • It is remarkable that mankind, and turtles, and pigeons alone practise kissing; hence the Latin word

    A Philosophical Dictionary

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  • Not that I can detect.

    June 8, 2011

  • It's like advise and advice, only there is no difference in pronunciation. Or is there, Frindley?

    June 8, 2011

  • Whoa. That's an interesting distinction.

    June 8, 2011

  • That's just wrong.

    April 1, 2008

  • An instance where something is lost in the American spelling system.

    I do like that I can make a distinction between practice (noun) and practise (verb). And the trick I learned as a kid was that the noun form ended with a noun (ice!).

    April 1, 2008