3. almost, Inf. most, nearly, very nearly, all but, well-nigh, nigh, close to, tantamount to; about, just about, not quite, practice, n. 1. habit, custom, consuetude, wont; manner of operating, Latin, modus operandi, Inf. M.O., common practice, usual run of things, general or usual procedure; rule, routine, convention, the way it is, the way it's done, the way it's done around here; method, system, procedure, way, manner, observance, use, usage, mode, fashion; bent, inclination, disposition, penchant.
2. exercise, drill, training, preparation, study, discipline, application; workout, warm-up, run-through, rehearsal, try-out.
3. action, performance, doings; deed, act, accomplishment, achievement, work, move.
4. (of a profession) pursuit, conduct; business, trade, patronage, clientele.
-v. 5. do as a rule, follow or observe habitually or customarily; be wont to, be accustomed to, accustom oneself to; be habituated to, be wound up in, be addicted to, be hooked on; get in rut or groove.
6. train, drill, exercise, study; prepare, try and try again, repeat, try out, go over and over; work out, warm up, run through, go through, rehearse, Inf lick into shape, Music, noodle, practiced, adj. 1. experienced, versed, skilled, skillful; knowledgeable, practical, seasoned, prepared, primed, ready; expert, masterful, masterly, St. crackerjack, crack, cracking good; proficient, able, capable, competent, adept, deft, good at, dexterous; accomplished, qualified, talented, gifted; adroit, ingenious, clever; consummate, excellent, superior, superb, perfect.
2. cultivated, finished, developed, perfected; schooled, trained, educated, pragmatic, adj. 1. practical, utilitarian, practicable, efficient, effective; matter-of-fact, sensible, down-to-earth, realistic, wise; businesslike, hard-nosed, hard-headed, unsentimental, unromantic; concrete, non-abstract, basic, fundamental.
2. busy, busy as a bee, busy as a one-armed paperhanger, hard-working, occupied, industrious; diligent, assiduous, persistent; active, energetic, on the move, alert, alive, animated, vigorous.
3. officious, meddlesome, meddling, Si. cochleffel, interfering, intrusive; obtrusive, Inf. nosy, Inf. pushy, forward, bold.
4. dogmatic, doctrinaire, positive, opinionated; arbitrary, dictatorial, authoritarian; partisan, one-sided, narrow-minded, prejudiced; assertive, self-assured, sure of oneself, self-confident. prairie, n. grassland, pasture, campo, veld, veldt; savanna, steppe, The Steppes, pampas, llano; meadow, Archaic, mead, meadowland, lea, downs; heath, moor, moorland, wold, plains, tundra; open country, champaign, campagna. praise, n. 1. extolment, laudation, acclaim, acclamation, kudos, Archaic, magnification; approval, approbation, endorsement, reference, sanction, commendation; tribute, testimonial, credit, recognition, citation; eulogy, eulogium, eulogization, encomium, panegyric; congratulation, Archaic, gratulation, compliment, flattery, puffery, bouquet; recommendation, good word, glowing terms, honeyed words; applause, cheering, clapping, plaudits, salvo, accolade.
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