noun doc·tor \ˈdäk-tər\

: a person who is skilled in the science of medicine : a person who is trained and licensed to treat sick and injured people

the doctor : the place where a doctor works

: a dentist

Full Definition of DOCTOR

a :  an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church —called also doctor of the church
b :  a learned or authoritative teacher
c :  a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university
d :  a person awarded an honorary doctorate (as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university
a :  a person skilled or specializing in healing arts; especially :  one (as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice
b :  medicine man
a :  material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect
b :  a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface
:  a person who restores, repairs, or fine-tunes things
doc·tor·al \-t(ə-)rəl\ adjective
doc·tor·less \-tər-ləs\ adjective
doc·tor·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of DOCTOR

  1. He needed medicine but refused to go to a doctor.
  2. She was under doctor's orders not to return to work.
  3. I saw her at the doctor's last week.
  4. How long will you be at the doctor?
  5. Most of the faculty members at this college are doctors in their fields.
  6. Dr. Smith, can you explain the exam requirements again?

Origin of DOCTOR

Middle English doctour teacher, doctor, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin doctor, from Latin, teacher, from docēre to teach — more at docile
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Medicine Terms

analgesia, angina, diabetes, hepatitis, homeopathy, logorrhea, palliate, pandemic

Rhymes with DOCTOR



: to change (something) especially in order to trick or deceive people

: to add something (such as alcohol or drugs) to (a food or drink)

: to give medical treatment to (an injury, a person, etc.)

doc·toreddoc·tor·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of DOCTOR

transitive verb
a :  to give medical treatment to
b :  to restore to good condition :  repair <doctor an old clock>
a :  to adapt or modify for a desired end by alteration or special treatment <doctored the play to suit the audience> <the drink was doctored>
b :  to alter deceptively <accused of doctoring the election returns>
intransitive verb
:  to practice medicine
dial :  to take medicine

Examples of DOCTOR

  1. They were accused of doctoring the company's financial records.
  2. a doctored photo of the actress
  3. I think somebody doctored the punch.
  4. He had time to doctor his wounds.
  5. She doctored the sick child until the physician arrived.

First Known Use of DOCTOR



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