Practice vs Practise: Can’t we get along?

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Jonathon

I believe that "headword" means the first word, the one the entry is listed under. So they're alphabetical in the sense that "practice n. & v. • n. (also practise)" comes before "practise v. & n. • v. (also practice)." It doesn't mean that all the variants under a headword are listed in alphabetical order. (I believe they're listed in order of frequency, but I'm no lexicographer.)

As for the distinction, I'm glad we don't observe it here in the States. As you say, we can figure out the meaning from context, just as we do with all other words that can be both nouns and verbs.

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