practice ( practices plural )
1 n-count You can refer to something that people do regularly as a practice.
Some firms have cut workers' pay below the level set in their contract, a practice that is illegal in Germany..., Gordon Brown has demanded a public inquiry into bank practices.
2 n-var Practice means doing something regularly in order to be able to do it better. A practice is one of these periods of doing something.
usu supp N
She was taking all three of her daughters to basketball practice every day..., The defending world racing champion recorded the fastest time in a final practice today.
3 n-uncount The work done by doctors and lawyers is referred to as the practice of medicine and law. People's religious activities are referred to as the practice of a religion.
...the practice of internal medicine..., I eventually realized I had to change my attitude toward medical practice.
4 n-count A doctor's or lawyer's practice is his or her business, often shared with other doctors or lawyers.
The new doctor's practice was miles away from where I lived...
6 What happens in practice is what actually happens, in contrast to what is supposed to happen.
in practice phrase PHR with cl
...the difference between foreign policy as presented to the public and foreign policy in actual practice..., In practice, workers do not work to satisfy their needs.
7 If something such as a procedure is normal practice or standard practice, it is the usual thing that is done in a particular situation.
normal practice/standard practice phrase v-link PHR
It is normal practice not to reveal details of a patient's condition..., The transcript is full of codewords, which is standard practice in any army.
8 If you are out of practice at doing something, you have not had much experience of it recently, although you used to do it a lot or be quite good at it.
out of practice phrase v-link PHR
`How's your German?'<emdash>`Not bad, but I'm out of practice.'
9 If you put a belief or method into practice, you behave or act in accordance with it.
put into practice phrase V inflects Now that he is back, the prime minister has another chance to put his new ideas into practice...
code of practice ( codes of practice plural ) A code of practice is a set of written rules which explains how people working in a particular profession should behave. n-count
The auctioneers are violating a code of practice by dealing in stolen goods.
general practice ( general practices plural )
1 n-uncount When a doctor is in general practice, he or she treats sick people at a surgery or office, or visits them at home, and does not specialize in a particular type of medicine.
In recent years, doctors have been trained specifically for general practice.
General practice is also a noun., n-count
The sample was selected from the medical records of two general practices.
2 n-uncount When lawyers deal with all kinds of legal matters, rather than specializing in one kind of law, you can say they have a general practice or are in general practice.
restrictive practice ( restrictive practices plural ) Restrictive practices are ways in which people involved in an industry, trade, or profession protect their own interests, rather than having a system which is fair to the public, employers, and other workers.
(BRIT, BUSINESS) n-count usu pl
The Act was introduced to end restrictive practices in the docks.
You can use sharp practice to refer to an action or a way of behaving, especially in business or professional matters, that you think is clever but dishonest. n-uncount
He accused some solicitors of sharp practice.
Teaching practice is a period that a student teacher spends teaching at a school as part of his or her training.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
in AM, usually use practice teaching