Practice vs. Practise | Definition, Difference & Examples
Practice and practise are two different spellings of the verb meaning “train by repetition” or “engage professionally in something.”
- In UK English, “practice” (with a “c”) is the noun and “practise” (with an “s”) is the verb.
- In US English, “practice” (with a “c”) is used as both noun and verb. “Practise” (with an “s”) is never used.
The noun is always practice
Regardless of the version of English you’re using, practice (with a “c”) is always used as the noun referring to the application of an idea, a repeated exercise, or a custom.
Practising or practicing
The same regional distinction applies to the “-ing” forms of the verb. Both forms can also be used as adjectives.
- In UK English, “practising” (with an “s”) is standard.
- In US English, “practicing” (with a “c”) is correct.
Best practice or best practise
Best practice is a noun referring to a procedure that’s considered a standard in a profession or field. The plural best practices is also commonly used to refer to a set of preferred procedures.
Best practice/best practices (with a “c”) is correct in both UK and US English. “Best practises” is never correct, because “practise” is not used as a noun.
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