practise

Definitions

  • May practises her spelling with Tabby beside her
    May practises her spelling with Tabby beside her
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v practise learn by repetition "We drilled French verbs every day","Pianists practice scales"
    • v practise engage in a rehearsal (of)
    • v practise carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions "practice law"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

CIRCUS PROFESSIONALS PRACTISING A FEAT OF BALANCING CIRCUS PROFESSIONALS PRACTISING A FEAT OF BALANCING
The girl finds Zamore practising his dancing The girl finds Zamore practising his dancing

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t. & i Practise See Practice.☞ The analogy of the English language requires that the noun and verb which are pronounced alike should agree in spelling. Thus we have noticen. & v.), noticed noticing noticer; poulticen. & v.); apprenticen. & v.); officen. & v.), officern.); latticen.), latticeda.); beneficen.), beneficeda.), etc. Cf. sacrifice; n. & v.), surmise; n. & v.), promise; n. & v.); compromise; n. & v.), etc. Contrast advice; n.), and advise); device), and devise), etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • practise To put into action or practice; execute; perform; enact.
    • practise To do or perform frequently or habitually; make a practice of; observe or follow usually: as, to practise the Christian virtues; to practise deception.
    • practise To make use of; frequent.
    • practise To exercise or pursue as a profession, art, or occupation: as, to practise law.
    • practise To exercise one's self in, with the object of acquiring skill or experience; study or learn by repeated performance: as, to practise a piece of music.
    • practise To cause to practise; teach by practice or exercise; train; drill.
    • practise To scheme; plot; contrive craftily or treacherously.
    • practise To influence; entice; tamper with; bribe.
    • practise To make; construct; build.
    • practise To perform certain acts repeatedly or usually; exercise, train, or drill one's self: as, to practise upon the piano; to practise with the rifle.
    • practise To form a habit of action; act or do habitually; hence, to behave; conduct one's self.
    • practise To exercise a profession; follow a vocation.
    • practise To experiment.
    • practise To negotiate secretly; have a secret understanding.
    • practise To use schemes or stratagems; conspire; plot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Practise prak′tis to put into practice or to do habitually: to perform: to exercise, as a profession: to use or exercise: to teach by practice: to commit
    • v.i Practise to have or to form a habit: to exercise any employment or profession: to try artifices
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Idioms

Practise what you preach - If you practise what you preach, you do what you say other people should do.(In American English, the verb is 'practice')
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Usage

In literature:

His practised and ever-watchful ear had detected the coming footsteps before his friend.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
He need not stop further study, but whatever else he learns let him at least practise this daily recital for one month.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
He was now beginning to practise, and men said that he was to rise in the world.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
Cannot you practise writing ciphers, and write as many as you want?
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Though snuff-taking is prohibited in the convents, yet the nuns practise it to a great extent.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
The latter is preached, but seldom practised.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
He served as a soldier in the Revolution and then practised law in Richmond.
"Southern Literature From 1579-1895" by Louise Manly
Thus a man practising Dharma, Artha and Kama enjoys happiness both in this world and in the world to come.
"The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana" by Vatsyayana
I had by this time discovered that they were not practising for mere sport.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
They are practised merely out of human respect; they do not come from the heart.
"Public School Education" by Michael Müller
No tradition subsisted of a period when it was not practised.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
It is the practise-school for students of the Institute who mean to teach.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
Sowing clover and timothy together for hay is much practised.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
We practised it early, and we find it still prospering!
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Ordinarily, we practise much less assiduously, are much less zealous, and have no such perfect measure of the success of our work.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
The treatment of them by Aristotle was simple, and had direct reference to tricks of disputation practised in his time.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
An attorney is an officer of the court which admits him to practise, and he is subject to its discipline.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
She had to practise four or five hours daily.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Equally a rich man may practise poverty of spirit; but it does not come easily.
"The Priestly Vocation" by Bishop Bernard Ward
He practised as attorney for a short time in London, and wrote for the Globe and Morning Chronicle.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
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In poetry:

To practise there the soothing lay
That sorrow best relieves;
Thankful for all God takes away,
Humbled by all He glass.
"St. Philip And St. James" by John Keble
Dipped in Stygian waves of pain,
We can never feel again;
Time may hurl his deadliest darts,
Love may practise all his arts;
"Come, My Celia" by Richard Le Gallienne
Then let me make the Lord my trust,
And practise all that's good;
So shall I dwell among the just,
And he'll provide me food.
"Psalm 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Thus shall they learn in God alone
Their hope securely stands;
That they may ne'er forget his works,
But practise his commands.
"Psalm 78 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Depart from mischief, practise love,
Pursue the works of peace;
So shall the Lord your ways approve,
And set your souls at ease.
"Psalm 34 part 2" by Isaac Watts
The tenor, oft, below my flat,
Shall practise "Violets" and such;
And in the area a cat
Shall beat the band, the cars, and Dutch.
"A Wish" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Locked-out Jets captain Andrew Ladd will be practising in an NHLPA jersey at the MTS Iceplex for the foreseeable future, having turned down a deal to play in Siberia.
Bomber quarterbacks Justin Goltz (left) and Joey Elliott practise today.
A group of first-time acquaintances got together over lunch last week just to practise our French.
Practise might be a bit of an overstatement.
Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, a former member of the original Winnipeg Jets, practises at the MTS Centre Wednesday.
Pine forests has been a nightmare — one that continues due to salvage logging practises.
Wiebe has practised law in Brandon and Winnipeg for the last decade.
Edmonton Eskimos middle linebacker J.C. Sherritt practises at Commonwealth Stadium on Thursday.
Kayakers practise in front of the Kitsilano Coast Guard station at the entrance to False Creek.
Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards of Kenora practises today at Iceplex.
CHINA PHOTOS/GETTY IMAGES Creating champions A young girl practises gymnastic movements watched by her team matesat Chengdu Children's Gymnastics School in Chengdu, China.
Simon Fraser University's men's soccer team practise las Sunday at Burnaby's Swanguard Stadium.
Andrew Ladd practises at the MTS Iceplex.
Vancouver Canucks player Jannik Hansen, along with other NHL players, practises at the MTS Iceplex Friday during the NHL lockout.
Vancouver College Fighting Irish quarterback Hunter Robinson practises Thursday as his team prepares for Saturday's Triple-A football final against the Mount Douglas Rams of Victoria.
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In science:

In practise the analysis is often hampered by the presence of periodic interference sources which can often look very “pulsar-like”.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
In practise however, the role of the users among the partners has been restricted to hosting open scientific workshops, and to scientific support for a single item in OPTICON’s activities, development of the science case for future Extremely Large Telescopes.
OPTICON: EC Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy
In practise, there is a considerable degree of overlap in membership of the working groups, so that informal communications are excellent.
OPTICON: EC Optical Infrared Coordination Network for Astronomy
In practise the point to point correlators were quite noisy.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
In practise as recently emphasised by Lepage et al. , fitting masses from equation 23 is nontrivial.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
Although in principle excited state masses can be extracted from a multiple exponential fit, in practise this is a numerically non-trivial task, because of the noise in the data from the calculation.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
In practise, the extrapolations of lattice data were mostly done assuming a linear dependence on the quark mass , The mass dependence from effective field theory was essentially treated like a black box.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
In practise many groups extrapolate the squares of the light pseudoscalar meson as either linear or quadratic functions of the light quark masses.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
In practise most lattice calculation use the quark mass dependence at a fixed lattice spacing.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
In practise, a PM scheme is used for each nested grid, with progressively higher spatial resolution when the cell size gets smaller.
A new multidimensional AMR Hydro+Gravity Cosmological code
However, in practise it is rarely possible to use an s(·) which is sufficient, or to take ε especially small (or zero).
Fast Approximate Bayesian Computation for discretely observed Markov models using a factorised posterior distribution
In practise, we can plug in a consistent estimator for ϑ, say ˆϑ.
Testing for Homogeneity in Mixture Models
In practise, it is however impossible to infer precise constraints from (C7) due to the large cosmic variance affecting the Cl ’s on the scale of the Sachs-Wolfe plateau.
TASI Lectures on Cosmological Perturbations
For a fixed acceptance rate one finds in practise that the scaling of the step size does not contradict the theoretical estimate.
Recent Developments in Fermion Simulation Algorithms
This at first sight strange idea appears to be very fruitful in practise.
Recent Developments in Fermion Simulation Algorithms
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