R E F E R E N C E S
1 Practice [ME practisen, fr. M F practiser, fr. practique, pratique practice, n., fr. LL practice, fr. GK praktiké, fr. fem of praktikos] vt [14c] 1a: Carry out, Apply [__ what you preach] b: to do or perform often , customarily, or habitually [__ politeness] c: to be professionally engaged in [__ medicine] 2a: to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient [__ the act] b: to train by repeated exercises [__ pupils in penmanship] 3 obs: Plot -vi 1: to do repeated exercises for proficiency 2: to pursue a profession actively 3 archaic: Intrigue 4: to do something customarily 5: to take advantage of someone [he practised on their credulity with huge success -Times Lit. Supp.]
2 Practice also practise n [15c] 1a: actual performance or application [ready to carry out in __ what they advocated in principle] b: a repeated or customary action [had this irritating __] c: the usual way of doing something [local __s] d: the form, manner, and order of proficiency [__ makes perfect] b: the condition of being proficient through systematic exercise [get in __] 3a: the continuous exercise of a profession b: a professional business; esp: one constituting an incorporial property syn- see Habit
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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