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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.
  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




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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