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noun practice pronunciation in British English /ˈpræktɪs/
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  1. 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. 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.



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