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English noun: practice

1. practice (act) a customary way of operation or behavior

SamplesIt is their practice to give annual raises.
They changed their dietary pattern.


Broader (hypernym)activity

Narrower (hyponym)biologism, calisthenics, callisthenics, cannibalism, careerism, cooperation, cross dressing, custom, fashion, featherbedding, formalism, habitude, lobbyism, lynch law, mistreatment, modernism, naturism, nonconformism, nudism, occult, occult arts, one-upmanship, ornamentalism, papism, peonage, pluralism, popery, quotation, ritual, ritualism, slaveholding, slavery, symbolisation, symbolism, symbolization, systematism, transvestism, transvestitism, unwritten law, usage, usance

2. practice (act) systematic training by multiple repetitions

SamplesPractice makes perfect.

Synonymsdrill, exercise, practice session, recitation

Broader (hypernym)grooming, preparation, training

Narrower (hyponym)brushup, dry run, fire drill, manual, manual of arms, military drill, rehearsal, rehearsal, review, scrimmage, shadowboxing, target practice

3. practice (act) translating an idea into action

SamplesA hard theory to put into practice.
Differences between theory and praxis of communism.


Broader (hypernym)effectuation, implementation

4. practice (act) the exercise of a profession

SamplesThe practice of the law.
I took over his practice when he retired.

Broader (hypernym)employment, exercise, usage, use, utilisation, utilization

Narrower (hyponym)consultancy, cosmetology, dental practice, law practice, medical practice, optometry, private practice, witching

5. practice (cognition) knowledge of how something is usually done

SamplesIt is not the local practice to wear shorts to dinner.

Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis

Narrower (hyponym)convention, custom, formula, heritage, normal, pattern, rule, tradition

English verb: practice

1. practice (social) carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

SamplesPractice law.

Synonymsdo, exercise, practise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)shamanise, shamanize

Entaildo work, work

2. practice (cognition) learn by repetition

SamplesWe drilled French verbs every day.
Pianists practice scales.

Synonymsdrill, exercise, practise

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)learn, read, study, take

3. practice (creation) engage in a rehearsal (of)

ExamplesThey will practice the duet

Synonymspractise, rehearse

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)do, execute, perform

Narrower (hyponym)scrimmage, walk through

Domain categoryperforming arts

4. practice (social) avail oneself to

SamplesApply a principle.
Practice a religion.
Use care when going down the stairs.
Use your common sense.
Practice non-violent resistance.

Synonymsapply, use

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)follow

Verb groupapply, employ, use, utilise, utilize

5. practice (social) engage in or perform

SamplesPractice safe sex.
Commit a random act of kindness.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)engage, prosecute, pursue

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