I UK [ˈpræktɪs] / US noun
Word forms "practice":
singular practice plural practices
Get it right: practice:
Don't confuse practice (a noun) with practise (a verb). These two words sound exactly the same:
Wrong: Soldiers had only a few days in which to practice manoeuvres.
Right: Soldiers had only a few days in which to practise manoeuvres.
Wrong: The important thing is to put it into practise.
Right: The important thing is to put it into practice. However, note that in American English, both the noun and the verb are spelled practice.
1) [countable/uncountable] occasions when you do something in order to become better at it, or the time that you spend doing this

Don't worry if you can't manage it first time. It'll come with practice.

Waylans broke his wrist during practice and will be unable to bowl in tomorrow's game.

You'll have to turn up for all the practices if you want to play in the concert.

2) [uncountable] the actual performance of an activity in a real situation

trends in educational theory and practice

put something into practice:

We urge you to put the committee's recommendations into practice.

a) [countable/uncountable] a way of doing something, especially as a result of habit, custom, or tradition

It is good practice to check your work before handing it in.

unfair billing practices

the practice of something:

the practice of discrimination against older people in the workplace

common/standard/normal practice:

Bribery is common practice in many countries.

b) [uncountable] legal the established methods for dealing with cases in court
a) [countable] the business of a doctor, lawyer, or other professional person

a medical/legal/dental/veterinary practice

b) [uncountable] the work of a doctor, lawyer, or other professional person

the practice of medicine/law/dentistry

II UK [ˈpræktɪs] / US

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