—n. 1. habitual or customary performance; operation: office practice. 2. habit; custom: It is not the practice here for men to wear long hair. 3. repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency: Practice makes perfect. 4. condition arrived at by experience or exercise: She refused to play the piano, because she was out of practice. 5. the action or process of performing or doing something: to put a scheme into practice; the shameful practices of a blackmailer. 6. the exercise or pursuit of a profession or occupation, esp. law or medicine: She plans to set up practice in her hometown. 7. the business of a professional person: The doctor wanted his daughter to take over his practice when he retired. 8. Law.the established method of conducting legal proceedings.
9. Archaic.plotting; intrigue; trickery.
10. Usually, practices.Archaic.intrigues; plots.
—v.t. 1. to perform or do habitually or usually: to practice a strict regimen. 2. to follow or observe habitually or customarily: to practice one's religion. 3. to exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation: to practice law. 4. to perform or do repeatedly in order to acquire skill or proficiency: to practice the violin. 5. to train or drill (a person, animal, etc.) in something in order to give proficiency.
—v.i. 1. to do something habitually or as a practice.
2. to pursue a profession, esp. law or medicine.
3. to exercise oneself by repeated performance in order to acquire skill: to practice at shooting. 4. Archaic.to plot or conspire. Also,Brit.,practise(for defs. 11–19).