• enPR: prăkʹtĭs, IPA: /ˈpɹæktɪs/

practise (practises, present participle practising; past and past participle practised)

  1. (transitive) To repeat (an activity) as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
    You should practise playing piano every day.
  2. (intransitive) To repeat an activity in this way.
    If you want to speak French well, you need to practise.
  3. (transitive) To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
    They gather to practise religion every Saturday.
  4. (transitive) To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
    She practised law for forty years before retiring.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To conspire.
  6. To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
      Aught but Talbot's shadow whereon to practise your severity.''
    • 1715, Homer; [Alexander] Pope, transl., “Book VII”, in The Iliad of Homer, volume I, London: Printed by W[illiam] Bowyer, for Bernard Lintott between the Temple-Gates, OCLC 670734254 ↗:
      As this advice ye practise or neglect.
  7. To make use of; to employ.
    • In malice to this good knight's wife, I practised Ubaldo and Ricardo to corrupt her.
  8. To teach or accustom by practice; to train.
    • In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practised to love their neighbour.
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practise (plural practises)

  1. Misspelling of practice

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