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Practice, subst. 1) doing, proceeding, action: we detest such vile base --s (as to do outrages on women) Gent. IV, 1, 73. “courage and hope both teaching him the p.” Tw. I, 2, 13. “than . . . he be approved in p. culpable,” H6B III, 2, 22. “heavens make our presence and our --s pleasant and helpful to him,” Hml. II, 2, 38. “these blushes of hers must be quenched with some present p.” Per. IV, 2, 136. With of, == performance: “paid me richly for the p. of it,” Ado V, 1, 255. to put in p. == to carry into execution: Pilgr. 217. Gent. III, 2, 89. Ado I, 1, 330. II, 2, 53. LLL I, 1, 308.
2) habitual doing, frequent use, exercise: “this is a p. as full of labour as a wise man's art,” Tw. III, 1, 72. “and by still p. learn to know thy meaning,” Tit. III, 2, 45. “I have been in continual p.” Hml. V, 2, 221. “your highness shall from this p. but make hard your heart,” Cymb. I, 5, 24.
3) exercises made for instruction: “proceed in p. with my younger daughter,” Shr. II, 165.
4) exercise of a profession: “he hath abandoned his physicians, under whose --s he hath persecuted time with hope,” All's I, 1, 16.
5) experience, skill acquired by experience (opposed to theory): “as art and p. hath enriched any,” Meas. I, 1, 13. “despite his nice fence and his active p.” Ado V, 1, 75. one (receipt) “as the dearest issue of his p.” All's II, 1, 109. “had the whole theoric of war in the knot of his scarf, and the p. in the chape of his dagger,” IV, 3, 163. “older in p.” Caes. IV, 3, 31. “this disease is beyond my p.” Mcb. V, 1, 65. “mere prattle, without p.” Oth. I, 1, 26. “and no p. had in the brave squares of war,” Ant. III, 11, 39. “together with my p.” Per. III, 2, 34.
6) artifice, stratagem, insidious device: “lest she some subtle p. smell,” Pilgr. 307. “suborned in hateful p.” Meas. V, 107. “this needs must be a p.” Meas. V, 107 “to find this p. out,” Meas. V, 107 “the p. of it lives in John the Bastard,” Ado IV, 1, 190. “I overheard him and his --s,” As II, 3, 26. “this p. hath most shrewdly passed upon thee,” Tw. V, 360. “unclasped my p.” Wint. III, 2, 168. “it is the p. and the purpose of the king,” John IV, 3, 63. “sworn unto the --s of France, to kill us here,” H5 II, 2, 90. “God acquit them of their --s,” H5 II, 2, 90 H6A IV, 1, 7. H6B III, 1, 46. H8 I, 1, 204. I, 2, 127. III, 2, 29. V, 1, 129. Cor. IV, 1, 33. Tit. V, 2, 77. Hml. IV, 7, 68. 139 (a pass of p.; according to some, == a pass in which Laertes was well practised). V, 2, 328. Lr. I, 2, 198. II, 1, 75. II, 1, 75 II, 4, 116. V, 3, 151. Oth. I, 3, 102. III, 4, 141. V, 2, 292. Cymb. V, 5, 199. Unintelligible: “making p. on the times,” Meas. III, 2, 288.
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