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noun American English pronunciation: practice /ˈpræktɪs/ 
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singularpractice
pluralpractices
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] occasions when you do something in order to become better at it, or the time that you spend doing this

    You will become a faster typist with practice.

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

    You'll have to come to all the practices if you want to play in the concert.

  2. 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.

  3. 3
    [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.

  4. 4
    [countable] the business of a doctor, lawyer, or other professional person

    a medical/legal/dental/veterinary practice

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the work of a doctor, lawyer, or other professional person

      the practice of medicine/law/dentistry

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