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UK [ˈpræktɪs] / US verb
Word forms "practise":
present tense I/you/we/they practise he/she/it practises present participle practising past tense practised past participle practised
1) [intransitive/transitive] to repeat an activity regularly so that you become better at it

How many hours a day do you practise?

practise doing something:

Practise putting your tent up in the garden several times.

practise for something:

I've been practising hard for the piano recital.

practise something on someone:

Can I practise my French on you?

2) [transitive] to do something regularly, especially as a habit, custom, or tradition

The earliest colonists of the Amazon seem to have practised farming.

3) [transitive] to perform the activities and duties of your religion

The Emperor gave Christians the right to practise their religion openly.

4) [intransitive/transitive] to work in a particular profession, especially in the medical or legal profession

From 1902 he lived in Gravesend, where he practised law.

She completed her medical training, though she never practised.

practise as something:

D'Arcy practised as a solicitor in Australia.

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • practise — prac‧tise [ˈprækts] , practice verb [intransitive, transitive] to work in a particular profession, especially medicine or law: • He practised law for 15 years. • Firms are adopting the system of practicing in larger partnerships and teams.… …   Financial and business terms

  • practise on — ˈpractise on [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they practise on he/she/it practises on present participle practising on past tense practised on …   Useful english dictionary

  • Practise — Prac tise, v. t. & i. See {Practice}. [1913 Webster] Note: The analogy of the English language requires that the noun and verb which are pronounced alike should agree in spelling. Thus we have notice (n. & v.), noticed, noticing, noticer;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • practise — see PRACTICE (Cf. practice) …   Etymology dictionary

  • practise — (US practice) ► VERB 1) perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly in order to improve or maintain proficiency in it. 2) carry out or perform (an activity or custom) habitually or regularly. 3) be engaged in (a particular profession) …   English terms dictionary

  • practise — [prak′tis] vt., vi. practised, practising chiefly Brit. sp. of PRACTICE …   English World dictionary

  • practise — BrE , practice AmE verb 1 (I, T) to do an activity regularly in order to improve your skill or to prepare for a test: practise (doing) sth: John s practising the violin. | Today we re going to practise parking. | practise for sth: She s… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • practise — prac|tise W3S3 BrE practice AmE [ˈpræktıs] v 1.) [I and T] to do an activity, often regularly, in order to improve your skill or to prepare for a test ▪ They moved the furniture back to practise their dance routine. ▪ It gives students the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • practise — [[t]præ̱ktɪs[/t]] practises, practising, practised (in AM, use practice) 1) VERB If you practise something, you keep doing it regularly in order to be able to do it better. → See also practised [V n] Lauren practises the piano every day …   English dictionary

  • practise — v. (US practice) 1 tr. perform habitually; carry out in action (practise the same method; practise what you preach). 2 tr. & (foll. by in, on) intr. do repeatedly as an exercise to improve a skill; exercise oneself in or on (an activity requiring …   Useful english dictionary