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verb practice pronunciation in American English /ˈpræktɪs/
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present tense
present participlepracticing
past tensepracticed
past participlepracticed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to repeat an activity regularly so that you become better at it

    How many hours a day do you practice the piano?

    practice doing something:

    Practice putting up your tent in the yard a few times before going camping.

    practice for something:

    I’ve been practicing hard for the recital for months.

    practice something on someone:

    Can I practice my Spanish on you?

    practice hard (=practice a lot):

    Mike’s been practicing hard for his performance in June.

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

    The early settlers seem to have practiced farming as well as hunting and fishing.

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

    Emperor Constantine gave the Christians the right to practice their religion openly.

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

    She lives in Seattle, where she practices law.

    He completed his medical training but has never practiced.



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