doctor

noun
doc·​tor | \ ˈdäk-tər How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Definition of doctor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a Christianity : 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 (such as a PhD) conferred by a university Most of the college's faculty members are doctors in their fields. The class is being taught by Doctor Menzer.
d : a person awarded an honorary doctorate (such as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university
2a : a person skilled or specializing in healing arts especially : one (such as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice See your doctor if the condition worsens. an eye doctor doctors' bills
3a : material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect
b : a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface
4 : a person who restores, repairs, or fine-tunes things

doctor

verb
doctored; doctoring\ ˈdäk-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce doctoring (audio) \

Definition of doctor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give medical treatment to doctored her ailing husband
b : to restore to good condition : repair doctor an old clock
2a : 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 The pitcher tried to cheat by doctoring the baseball.

intransitive verb

1 : to practice medicine a career doctoring in the country
2 dialect : to take medicine

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Other Words from doctor

Noun

doctoral \ ˈdäk-​t(ə-​)rəl How to pronounce doctoral (audio) \ adjective
doctorless \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce doctorless (audio) \ adjective
doctorship \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce doctorship (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for doctor

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of doctor in a Sentence

Noun He needed medicine but refused to go to a doctor. She was under doctor's orders not to return to work. I saw her at the doctor's last week. How long will you be at the doctor? Most of the faculty members at this college are doctors in their fields. Dr. Smith, can you explain the exam requirements again? Verb They were accused of doctoring the company's financial records. a doctored photo of the actress I think somebody doctored the punch. He had time to doctor his wounds. She doctored the sick child until the physician arrived.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The downside of the pandemic has been the impact on Emily's doctor's appointments, which MAX hasn't been able to join her for. Brianne Tracy, PEOPLE.com, "Singer MAX and Wife Emily Are 'So Excited' to Be Expecting a Daughter: 'Ecstatic to Be a Girl Dad'," 8 July 2020 But one man who has navigated the unemployment system and continues to get benefits said getting a doctor's letter was key to winning approval for continued benefits. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Some Arizonans concerned about returning to work due to health issues can continue to get unemployment — here's how," 7 July 2020 Becton Dickinson suggested its test could be used in retail pharmacies, urgent care clinic, and doctor's offices, and set a goal of producing 2 million tests a week by the end of September. TheWeek, "Newly approved COVID-19 test promises results in 15 minutes for about $20," 7 July 2020 Blisters that cover a large surface area may also require a doctor's care. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "How Long Does a Sunburn Last—and Is There Any Way to Make It Heal Faster?," 6 July 2020 No real doctor would tell a patient not to wear a mask during COVID-19. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "The Problem With Politicizing Face Masks," 30 June 2020 But for a vaccine to end up in a pharmacy or doctor's office near you, companies will have to produce hundreds of millions of doses and then deliver them across the country and eventually, the world. USA Today, "We're one-third of the way to a widely available coronavirus vaccine, experts say," 30 June 2020 The coronavirus isn’t taking a summer break judging from its persistent spread in the U.S. Sun Belt, according to the nation’s top infectious-disease doctor. John Lauerman, Bloomberg.com, "Anthony Fauci Doesn’t See Covid Summer Lull as Sun Belt Cases Swell," 26 June 2020 In those cases, a doctor's note is required showing the traveler recovered and has no symptoms. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. Justice Department supports legal challenge to Hawaii’s traveler quarantine," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the most recent viral TikTok recipe video going viral, baker Karly Stoddard showed quarantine bakers how to doctor up a cake mix. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "This TikTok Hack Will Turn Any Boxed Cake Mix Into Gourmet Cupcakes," 28 May 2020 Without the usual crutches of lab tests and diagnostic imaging, telemedicine is doctoring reduced to essentials. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 15 May 2020 Without the usual crutches of lab tests and diagnostic imaging, telemedicine is doctoring reduced to essentials. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "Pandemic Journal," 29 Apr. 2020 Multiple celebrities have shared posts claiming that 5G causes serious illness, circulating false reports and doctored video in the process. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: 5G technology is not linked to coronavirus," 24 Apr. 2020 From the editor: Posts circulating on Facebook claim the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel doctored an image taken at a rally in Brookfield on Saturday, April 18, and added a Confederate flag. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "No, a Journal Sentinel image of Confederate flag at Brookfield rally was not doctored, as false accusations on Facebook claim," 19 Apr. 2020 This includes in-home services such as the CHOICE program, which provides transportation to doctor appointments and grocery grocery. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana black caucus wants governor to address high coronavirus rate among African Americans," 14 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, everyday tasks including grocery shopping, going to doctor appointments, and maintaining a work routine are no longer easy — especially with (very important) social distancing rules put in place. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "New York City Has Been Hit Particularly Hard by Coronavirus — Here’s How to Help the City We All Love," 8 Apr. 2020 Industrially produced frozen versions, tricks like doctoring parboiled rice with coloring additives in place of saffron, and nontraditional ingredients like lobster and chorizo are a common, dispiriting sight. Jeff Koehler, Saveur, "9 Ways to Make the Best Paella Ever," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of doctor

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1712, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for doctor

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of doctor was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

11 Jul 2020

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“Doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doctor. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for doctor

doctor

noun
How to pronounce doctor (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of doctor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who is skilled in the science of medicine : a person who is trained and licensed to treat sick and injured people
: the place where a doctor works
: a dentist

doctor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of doctor (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.)

doctor

noun
doc·​tor | \ ˈdäk-tər How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Kids Definition of doctor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person (as a physician or veterinarian) skilled and specializing in the art of healing

doctor

verb
doctored; doctoring

Kids Definition of doctor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to use remedies on or for doctor a wound
2 : to practice medicine

doctor

noun
doc·​tor | \ ˈdäk-tər How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Medical Definition of doctor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university
b : a person awarded an honorary doctorate by a college or university
2 : 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

doctor

verb
doctored; doctoring\ -​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce doctoring (audio) \

Medical Definition of doctor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give medical treatment to
2 : castrate sense 1, spay have your pet cat doctored

intransitive verb

: to practice medicine

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