Practice Prac"tice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Practiced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Practicing}.] [Often written practise, practised, practising.] 1. To do or perform frequently, customarily, or habitually; to make a practice of; as, to practice gaming. ``Incline not my heart . . . practice wicked works.'' --Ps. cxli. 4. [1913 Webster]

2. To exercise, or follow, as a profession, trade, art, etc., as, to practice law or medicine. [1913 Webster]

2. To exercise one's self in, for instruction or improvement, or to acquire discipline or dexterity; as, to practice gunnery; to practice music. [1913 Webster]

4. To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do. ``Aught but Talbot's shadow whereon to practice your severity.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

As this advice ye practice or neglect. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

5. To make use of; to employ. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

In malice to this good knight's wife, I practiced Ubaldo and Ricardo to corrupt her. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

6. To teach or accustom by practice; to train. [1913 Webster]

In church they are taught to love God; after church they are practiced to love their neighbor. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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