practice

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practice is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
practice

Other spellings[change]

  • (Commonwealth) practise (mainly for the verb)

Pronunciation[change]

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Verb[change]

Plain form
practice

Third-person singular
practices

Past tense
practiced

Past participle
practiced

Present participle
practicing

  1. If you practice something, you do it again and again to improve your ability.
    The class was going to practice writing skills for homework.
    When I got my first guitar, I practiced until my fingers fell off.
  2. (transitive) If you practice a subject (specially law and medicine), you pursue it as a career.
    She practiced law for several years.

Noun[change]

Singular
practice

Plural
practices

  1. (uncountable) Practice is an activity you do again and again to improve your ability.
    I can go to the party because I have soccer practice that night.
    My driving is getting better, but I still need practice.

Usage notes[change]

In the United States, practice is both a verb and a noun. In the UK and Australia, practise is a verb and practice is a noun. Canada uses both systems.