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exercise (the general meaning of ‘practice’ is the most usual; 4 cf. ‘Sermons, commonly termed by some Prophesies or Exercises,’ Canons of the Church, 1604; for Tp. I. ii. 328* see the comm.)
1. habitual practice or employment Wint. I. ii. 166 “He's all my ,” 3H6 IV. vi. 85 “hunting was his daily ”
2. acquired skill (S.) Ham. IV. vii. 97.
3. religious devotion or act of worship Wint. III. ii. 242, R3 III. vii. 63 “his holy ,” Oth. III. iv. 42.
4. preaching, discourse R3 III. ii. 109.
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