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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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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