General English

  • noun the act of doing something, as opposed to thinking about it or planning it
  • noun a repeated activity done so that you can improve
  • noun a way of doing something, especially a way that is regularly used


  • noun a way of doing things, a custom or habit

Information & Library Science

  • noun a repeated performance of something in order to learn to do it well
  • noun a regular or standard course of action


  • noun a way of working in court
  • noun the business premises and clients of a professional person


  • noun the business, or the premises occupied by, a doctor, dentist, or a group of doctors or dentists working together
  • noun the fact of doing something, as opposed to thinking or talking about it
  • noun a usual way of doing something


  • noun the process of repeating something such as an exercise many times in order to improve performance

Origin & History of “practice”

The ultimate source of practice is Greek prássein ‘do, practise’. from its base *prak- were derived the noun praxis ‘doing, action’ (source of English praxis (16th c.)) and the adjective praktós ‘to be done’. On this was based praktikós ‘concerned with action, practical’. This passed into English via late Latin practicus as practice (14th c.), which was later superseded by practical (17th c.). From practicus was derived the medieval Latin verb practicāre, later practizāre. This passed into English via Old French practiser as practise (15th c.). The derived noun practise was altered to practice in the 16th century, on the analogy of pairs like advice/advise.