1【a skill】2 in practice3【something done often】4【doctor/lawyer】5 be common/standard/normal practice6 good/best/bad practice7 put something into practice8 be out of practice9 practice makes perfect
【A SKILL】 [U and C]
when you do a particular thing, often regularly, in order to improve your skill at it It takes hours of practice to learn to play the guitar. With a little more practice you should be able to pass your test. We have choir practice on Tuesday evening.in practice for sth Schumacher crashed out in practice for the Australian grand prix.football/rugby/basketball etc practice John's at baseball practice.in practice
used when saying what really happens rather than what should happen or what people think happens In practice women receive much lower wages than their male colleagues. The journey should only take about 30 minutes, but in practice it usually takes more like an hour.【SOMETHING DONE OFTEN】 [U and C]
something that people do often, especially a particular way of doing something or a social or religious custom religious beliefs and practices dangerous working practicesthe practice of doing sth the practice of dumping waste into the seasee usage notehabit【DOCTOR/LAWYER】[C]
the work of a doctor or lawyer, or the place where they workmedical/legal practice Mary Beth had a busy legal practice in Los Angeles.
→general practice, private practicebe common/standard/normal practice
to be the usual and accepted way of doing something It's common practice in many countries for pupils to repeat a year if their grades are low. It's standard practice to seek parents' permission wherever possible.good/best/bad practice
an example of a good or bad way of doing something, especially in a particular job It's not considered good practice to reveal clients' names.put sth into practice
if you put an idea, plan etc into practice, you start to use it and see if it is effective It gave him the chance to put his ideas into practice.be out of practice
to have not done something for a long time, so that you are not able to do it wellpractice makes perfect
used to say that if you do an activity regularly, you will become very good at it
HINT sense 1
In British English the verb is always spelled practise
( > see separate entry). In American English both noun and verb are spelled practice.