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"practice" in British English

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practicenoun

uk   us   /ˈpræk.tɪs/

practice noun (ACTION)

B2 [U] actionrather than ​thought or ​ideas: How do you ​intend to put these ​proposals into practice, Mohamed?in practice B2 used to ​describe what really ​happens as ​opposed to what you ​think will ​happen in a ​particularsituation: It ​seemed like a good ​idea before we ​started, but in practice it was a ​disaster. Officially, Robert's in ​charge, but in practice Hannah ​runs the ​office. I can't ​see how ​yourplan is going to ​work in practice.
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practice noun (REGULAR ACTIVITY)

C2 [C or U] something that is usually or ​regularly done, often as a ​habit, ​tradition, or ​custom: What can ​Europeancompanieslearn from ​Japanesebusiness practices? It's common practice in the States to ​tip the ​hairdresser. This is a ​cruel practice that should be ​bannedimmediately. What is standard practice (= what is usually done) in a ​situation like this? Newspaper ​editors have ​agreed to a new code of practice on the ​invasion of ​privacy.make a practice of sth US or UK old-fashioned to do something ​regularly: I'll do ​yourwashing for you this ​time, but I'm not going to make a practice of it.
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practice noun (TRAINING)

A2 [C or U] the ​act of doing something ​regularly or ​repeatedly to ​improveyourskill at doing it: I need to get some more practice before I take my ​drivingtest. Are you coming to ​choir practice this ​evening? She's never at ​home because she ​spends all her ​freetime at ​hockey practices. You'll ​gradually get ​better at it - it's just a ​question of practice. I'm a little out of practice (= I haven't had any ​recentexperience) but I'd ​love to ​play. Do you ​mind if I have a few practice ​shots before we ​start the ​game?
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practice noun (WORK)

[C] a ​job or ​business that ​involves a lot of ​skill or ​training: a ​dental/​medical/​veterinary/​legal practice Our practice is ​responsible for about 5,000 ​patients. She's ​decided to ​leave the Health Service and ​join a private practice.

practiceverb

US spelling of practise
(Definition of practice from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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practicenoun

 us   /ˈpræk·tɪs/

practice noun (ACTION)

[U, not gradable] actionrather than ​thought or ​ideas: It ​seemed like a good ​idea, but in practice it was a ​disaster. How ​soon will the new ​procedures be put into practice?

practice noun (REGULAR ACTIVITY)

[C/U] something that is usually or ​regularly done, often as a ​habit, ​tradition, or ​custom: [U] It was his ​usual practice to ​buy a ​newspaper every ​morning on the way to the ​office.

practiceverb

(esp. Cdn Br practise)  us   /ˈpræk·tɪs/

practice verb (TRAIN)

[I/T] to do or ​play something ​regularly or ​repeatedly in ​order to ​becomeskilled at it: [T] I’m good at ​tennis but I need to practice my ​serve.

practice verb (WORK)

[I/T] to do ​work of a ​particulartype for which a lot of ​training is ​necessary: [T] The ​firm has been practicing ​law for over a hundred ​years.
(Definition of practice from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"practice" in Business English

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practicenoun

uk   us   /ˈpræktɪs/
[U] action as ​opposed to thoughts, ​ideas, or ​plans: in practice We'll need a ​year at least to see whether this new ​approach will ​work in practice.put sth into practice We are beginning to put the new ​processes and ​systems into practice.
[U] LAW the ​work done by ​people such as ​lawyers, ​doctors, etc. which involves ​longperiods of ​training and high ​levels of ​skill: He ​trained in ​private practice in Glasgow.go into/set up in practice After ​graduation, he ​pursued a doctorate in pharmacology instead of going into practice.
[C] LAW the ​business or ​place of ​work of ​people such as ​lawyers, ​doctors, etc.: run/start a practice He ​runs a ​legal practice that ​rivals some of the biggest ​commerciallawfirms in the country. a dental/​legal/​medical practice a group/​private practice join/​leave a practice
[C or U] the way of doing things in a particular ​business, ​industry, etc.: common/standard/usual practice It is common practice in the ​buildingindustry to ​cost all ​itemsgross.bad/best/good practice The ​insurancefirm has ​issued a ​warningreport to its ​members, ​highlightingbreaches of best practice.practice of doing sth The ​company was ​fined over its continued practice of ​employingillegalimmigrants.adopt/follow/introduce a practice More and more ​companiesworldwide have begun to ​adopt the practice of preparing ​sustainabilityreports.accounting/business/management practices Shares in the ​companyfell after it revealed that ​regulators were ​reviewing its ​accounting practices. employment/​labour/​working practices

practiceverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈpræktɪs/ US
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(Definition of practice from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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