- /ˈpræktəs/ (say 'praktuhs)
noun 1. habitual or customary performance: normal business practice.
2. a habit or custom.
3. repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency: practice makes perfect.
4. skill gained by experience or exercise.
5. the action or process of performing or doing something (opposed to theory or speculation).
6. the exercise of a profession or occupation, especially law or medicine.
7. the business of a professional person: a doctor with a large practice.
8. Law the established method of conducting legal proceedings.
9. (usually plural) Obsolete a plot or intrigue.
–verb (t), verb (i) (practiced, practicing)
10. US → practise.
–adjective 11. of or relating to an attempt which is undertaken merely to develop skill, refresh one's memory, etc.: a practice shot.
–phrase 12. be common practice, to be what is usually done.
13. make a practice of, to do something habitually or usually.
14. sharp practice, deceitful or dishonest dealing or procedure; trickery.[noun use of practise (verb), substituted for earlier practic (noun)]