Definition of practise in English:

practise

Line breaks: prac|tise
Pronunciation: /ˈpraktɪs
 
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(US practice)

verb

[with object]
1Perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to acquire, improve or maintain proficiency in it: I need to practise my French [no object]: they were practising for the Olympics
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  • Kelly was keen to improve her breathing and practised her exercises diligently.
  • Most importantly, learners must have the opportunity to develop and practise skills that directly improve self directed learning.
  • For many, driving off road will be a new experience and, if it's to be a regular activity, driving courses are available to practise the required skills.
Synonyms
rehearse, run through, go through, go over, work on, work at, repeat; polish, refine, perfecttrain, rehearse, prepare, exercise, drill, work out, warm up, go through one's paces, keep one's hand in, get into shape, do exercises, study
British informal knock up
2Carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or custom) habitually or regularly: we still practise some of these rituals today
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  • The event, and its proceeds, is meant to help farmers who practise traditional farming methods.
  • The custom was practised locally but not recognised by the company but some of the apprentices said they had been unaware of this.
  • It is a custom practised by thousands of people from various parts of South Africa and reflects their heritage and their pride in who they are.
Synonyms
carry out, perform, do, observe, put into practice, execute, follow, exercise
2.1Actively pursue or be engaged in (a particular profession or occupation): he began to practise law [no object]: he practised as a barrister (as adjective practising) a practising architect
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  • He was granted a ticket-of-leave soon after he arrived and began practising his former profession.
  • He saw ‘no reason why his illness should prevent him from practising his profession.’
  • The centre now has nearly 300 members, all of whom are nurses who are not practising their profession.
Synonyms
work at, pursue a career in, have a career in, go in for, engage in, specialize in, ply, follow; North Americanhang out one's shingle
archaic prosecute
2.2Observe the teaching and rules of (a particular religion): (as adjective practising) a practising Roman Catholic
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  • For about a half century of Sikh rule, the Sikhs practised their religion and looked after their sacred places with devotion and dignity.
  • In other words Christians and Jews were free to practise their religions so long as they did not do so publicly.
  • Muslims should, of course, be free to practise their religion here, just as those of other religions, or none at all, must be free to attack, deride, score or make jokes about all religions.
3 [no object] archaic Scheme or plot for an evil purpose: what a tangled web we weave when we first practise to deceive
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  • As the poet once penned: ‘What a tangled web we weave when at first we practice to deceive.’
  • Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive.
  • ‘O what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive’.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French practiser or medieval Latin practizare, alteration of practicare 'perform, carry out', from practica 'practice', from Greek praktikē, feminine (used as a noun), of praktikos (see practical).

Usage

On the difference between practise and practice, see practice (usage).

Phrases

practise what one preaches

Do what one advises others to do.
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  • Please practise what you preach or we will give you the boot!
  • If you are going to stand around and preach your morals to everyone, try practicing what you preach.
  • I guess there is one thing in being a critic, and a whole new ballgame when it come to practicing what you preach.

Derivatives

practiser

noun
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  • I've heard it said that he has been one of the most manic practisers of free-kicks ever seen.
  • Sooner or later they will come when you are a solid practiser.
  • She, he told me, was a root woman, a juju woman, a practiser of Voodoo.

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