practiceprac‧tice /ˈpræktɪs/ ●●●S2W1 noun1a skill [countable, uncountable] when you do a particular thing, often regularly, in order to improve your skill at itIt takes hours of practice to learn to play the guitar.With a little more practice you should be able to pass your test.We have choir practice on Tuesday evening.in practice for somethingSchumacher crashed out in practice for the Australian grand prix.football/rugby/basketball etc practiceJohn’s at baseball practice. ► In British English, the verb is always spelled practise (see separate entry). In American English, both noun and verb are spelled practice.2 →in practice3something done often [countable, uncountable]WAY/MANNER something that people do often, especially a particular way of doing something or a social or religiouscustomreligious beliefs and practicesdangerous working practicesthe practice of doing somethingthe practice of dumping waste into the sea► see thesaurus at habit4doctor/lawyer [countable]BBC the work of a doctor or lawyer, or the place where they workmedical/legal practiceMary Beth had a busy legal practice in Los Angeles. →general practice, private practice5 →be common/standard/normal practice6 →good/best/bad practice7 →put something into practice8 →be out of practice9 →practice makes perfectCOLLOCATIONSverbsdo practiceHave you done your piano practice?take practice American English (=do practice)If he’d done badly, he’d go out and take extra batting practice.have some/more etc practice (=do practice)I’m not a very good dancer. I haven’t had enough practice.get some practiceYou must get as much practice as possible before the competition.need practiceShe needs more practice.something takes practice (=you can only learn to do it well by practising)Writing well takes practice.NOUN + practicefootball/basketball etc practiceDale was at football practice.piano/cello etc practiceI’ve got to do my cello practice.batting/catching etc practiceWe'd better do a bit of batting practice before the game.choir practiceThere's choir practice on Tuesday evening.band practiceHave you got band practice tonight?target practice (=practice shooting at something)The area is used by the army for target practice.teaching practiceYou have to do three months of teaching practice before you qualify.