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Practise, vb. 1) to execute: “aught but Talbot's shadow whereon to p. your severity,” H6A II, 3, 47. till you p. them (your infirmities) “on me,” Caes. IV, 3, 88 (German: auslassen).
2) to do habitually, to apply to, to use for instruction or as a profession: “there shall he p. tilts and tournaments,” Gent. I, 3, 30. “a thousand tricks . . . . which I will p.” Merch. III, 4, 78. “p. rhetoric in your common talk,” Shr. I, 1, 35. “which though I will not p. to deceive, yet, to avoid deceit, I mean to learn,” John I, 214. “canst thou catch any fishes? I never --ed it,” Per. II, 1, 71. “he appears to have --ed more the whipstock than the lance,” II, 2, 51. those that p. them (measures) II, 3, 105.
3) to exercise one's self; a) intr. on them (books and instruments) “to look and p. by myself,” Shr. I, 1, 83. b) with an inf.: “my true eyes have never --d how to cloak offences with a cunning brow,” Lucr. 748. “ere I learn love, I'll p. to obey,” Err. II, 1, 29. “shall sweet Bianca p. how to bride it?” Shr. III, 2, 253. c) with an accus., == 1) to make one's self master of, to study (German: einüben, einstudiren): “throttle their --d accent in their fears,” Mids. V, 97. “making --d smiles,” Wint. I, 2, 116. “p. an answer,” H4A II, 4, 412. “he had no legs that --d not his gait,” H4B II, 3, 23. “I will p. the insinuating nod,” Cor. II, 3, 106. With to, == to teach by much exercise: “--ing behaviour to his own shadow,” Tw. II, 5, 20. 2) to exercise, to drill, to instruct: “the children must be --d well to this,” Wiv. IV, 4, 65. “to p. his judgement with the disposition of natures,” Meas. III, 1, 164. “cry, Trojans, cry! p. your eyes with tears,” Troil. II, 2, 108 (== study the art of weeping, learn to weep).
4) to use stratagems, to contrive, to plot; intr.: “I will so p. on Benedick that he shall fall in love with Beatrice,” Ado II, 1, 398. “he will p. against thee by poison,” As I, 1, 156. “I will p. on this drunken man,” Shr. Ind. 1, 36. “you have --d upon the easy yielding spirit of this woman,” H4B II, 1, 125. “wouldst thou have --d on me for thy use,” H5 II, 2, 99. “let them p. and converse with spirits,” H6A II, 1, 25. “have --d dangerously against your state,” H6B II, 1, 171. “hast --d on man's life,” Lr. III, 2, 57. “thou hast --d on her with foul charms,” Oth. I, 2, 73. “--ing upon his peace and quiet,” Oth. II, 1, 319. “if you there did p. on my state,” Ant. II, 2, 39. Ant. II, 2, 39 With an inf.: “for --ing to steal away a lady,” Gent. IV, 1, 48. With an accus.: “my uncle --s more harm to me,” John IV, 1, 20. “that heaven should p. stratagems upon so soft a subject,” Rom. III, 5, 211.
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