Hypertext Webster Gateway: "practice"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Practice \Prac"tice\, n. [OE. praktike, practique, F. pratique,
formerly also, practique, LL. practica, fr. Gr. ?, fr. ?
practical. See {Practical}, and cf. {Pratique}, {Pretty}.]
1. Frequently repeated or customary action; habitual
performance; a succession of acts of a similar kind;
usage; habit; custom; as, the practice of rising early;
the practice of making regular entries of accounts; the
practice of daily exercise.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Practice \Prac"tice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Practiced}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Practicing}.] [Often written practise, practised,
1. To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually;
to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming. ``Incline
not my heart . . . practice wicked works.''

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Practice \Prac"tice\, v. i. [Often written practise.]
1. To perform certain acts frequently or customarily, either
for instruction, profit, or amusement; as, to practice
with the broadsword or with the rifle; to practice on the

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their
practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their
dietary pattern" [syn: {pattern}]
2: systematic training by multiple repetitions; "practice makes
perfect" [syn: {exercise}, {drill}, {practice session}]
3: translating an idea into action; "a hard theory to put into
practice"; "differences between theory and praxis of
communism" [syn: {praxis}]
4: the exercise of a profession; "the practice of the law"; "I
took over his practice when he retired"
5: knowledge of how something is customarily done: "it is not
the local practice to wear shorts to dinner"
v 1: learn by repetition [syn: {drill}, {exercise}, {practise}]
2: avail oneself to; "apply a principle"; "practice a
religion"; "use care when going down the stairs"; "use
your common sense"; "practice non-violent resistance"
[syn: {apply}, {use}]
3: carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions: "practice
law" [syn: {practise}, {exercise}, {do}]
4: engage in a rehearsal (of) [syn: {rehearse}, {practise}]

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