A young boy practising playing the piano.
An example of practise is when you play piano every day for 1/2 hour to improve.
(third-person singular simple present practises, present participle practising, simple past and past participle practised)
- (UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland) To repeat as a way of improving one's skill in that activity.
- You should practise playing piano every day.
- (intransitive, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland) To repeat an activity in this way.
- If you want to speak French well, you need to practise.
- (UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland) To perform or observe in a habitual fashion.
- They gather to practise religion every Saturday.
- (UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland) To pursue (a career, especially law, fine art or medicine).
- She practised law for forty years before retiring.
- To put into practice; to carry out; to act upon; to commit; to execute; to do.
- To make use of; to employ.
- To teach or accustom by practice; to train.
- In sense "to repeat an activity as a way improving one's skill" this is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (-ing).
From Middle English practizen, a variant of practisen, from Middle French pratiser, practiser, from Medieval Latin practizo, from Late Latin practico (“to do, perform, execute, propose, practise, exercise, be conversant with, contrive, conspire, etc."), from prÄctica (“practical affairs", "business"), from Ancient Greek Ï€ÏÎ±ÎºÏ„Î¹ÎºÎ® (prÄktikÄ“), from Ï€ÏÎ±ÎºÏ„Î¹ÎºÏŒÏ‚ (praktikÃ³s, “practical"), from Ï€ÏÎ¬ÏƒÏƒÎµÎ¹Î½ (prassein, “to do")