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

croaker [slang], doc, medic, medico, physician, sawbones [slang]

Synonyms: Verb

treat

Antonyms: Noun

nondoctor, nonphysician

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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 study looked at men ages 18 to 96 who had already been screened for breast cancer between 2005 and 2017 and had at least one year of followup, either via mammogram or doctor visit. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Male breast cancer screening in high-risk patients extremely successful, study says," 17 Sep. 2019 Presumably to the doctor’s horror, Reed managed to squeeze in a trip with his wife, Katie, to Egypt and another to Denmark this year before checking into University Hospital for open heart surgery in mid-August. Greg Jefferson, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Medical Foundation head talks Medical Center growth, restlessness," 16 Sep. 2019 Dolly Parton’s parents paid the doctor who delivered her with a sack of cornmeal. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Alabama artists make an indelible impression as Ken Burns explores ‘Country Music’," 15 Sep. 2019 At that visit, the doctor pulled out a small device and started analyzing sections of my bare skin. As Told To Hannah Harper, Health.com, "This Influencer’s Birthmark Turned Out to Be Melanoma: 'I Could Feel It Growing'," 12 Sep. 2019 But upon learning the family had not gone to the emergency room, the doctor reported their concerns to the Department of Child Safety, which in turn called Chandler police. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 Imagine having 16 surgeries, going to hundreds of doctors visits and taking thousands of pills. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams' Relationship," 11 Sep. 2019 There have also been concerns of sensitive health-monitoring wearables and apps alarming healthy people and sending them to doctors to get unneeded screens and procedures. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Apple continues health push with three new medical studies," 10 Sep. 2019 Primary doctor visits can soon be scheduled as late as 7 p.m. and on weekends starting this fall, eliminating the need for members to take time off to make an appointment. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Kaiser Permanente Colorado, now 50, facing mid-life struggles," 8 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The record keepers removed his high scores after several people within the gaming community last year accused Mitchell of doctoring evidence of his wins. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "One Man's Long, Ruthless Fight to Keep His Donkey Kong High Score," 13 Sep. 2019 With competition for spots at elite schools growing ever more fierce, federal prosecutors alleged that wealthy parents paid between $15,000 and $75,000 to doctor their children’s standardized test scores. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Why It's So Easy To Cheat On College Admissions Tests Like the SAT," 5 Aug. 2019 Court exhibits show that Esformes, who did not reply to multiple requests for comment, texted Singer about Morris's SAT score and discussed a testing site in Arizona where results could potentially be doctored. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Breaking Bad: The False Step and Downfall of Penn Legend Jerome Allen," 11 July 2019 The former Jackson County deputy wore a body camera and doctored the footage to conceal his activity, officials said. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Ex-deputy arrested for allegedly planting drugs on drivers during traffic stops," 12 July 2019 Erasmus started going to doctor after doctor to figure out what was going on, and started off the 18-month-long process of getting a diagnosis. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "This Woman Did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — and Was Diagnosed with the Disease 6 Months Later," 12 July 2019 Singer also allegedly doctored entrance exams for the children of a Canadian businessman, one of which went to UC Berkeley. Michael Cohen, USA TODAY, "College admissions scandal: University of California to beef up policies after fraud," 20 June 2019 Arellano quit her job and spends her days taking the baby to doctor’s appointments, meetings with DCFS and on walks in her stroller. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "For generations, Illinois’ child welfare agency has failed to adequately serve Spanish-speaking families with children in its care.," 20 June 2019 For the mayonnaise, try doctoring up your favorite brand with the recipes below. Ann Maloney, nola.com, "Dig into the red, ripe Creole Tomato Fest this weekend," 5 June 2019

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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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More Definitions for doctor

doctor

noun

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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