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 doctor (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 doctor (audio) \ adjective
doctorless \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce doctor (audio) \ adjective
doctorship \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce doctor (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 She was supposed to drive Danielle to LISA Academy that morning, but Danielle had a doctor’s appointment that went late. Ginny Monk / Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "The search for Ebby," 17 Apr. 2021 Mayo Clinic officials say a doctor may recommend a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test to confirm a negative antigen test result. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona reports relatively higher 845 new COVID-19 cases, 30 deaths as hospitalizations remain steady," 16 Apr. 2021 As the hospital’s only black doctor, Andre Holland was remarkable. BostonGlobe.com, "Is it snowing where you are? That’s the perfect excuse to spend the day watching these TV shows," 16 Apr. 2021 The doctor went back inside the emergency room and the car drove away. al, "One of Alabama’s deadliest tornadoes killed 25 people 65 years ago today," 15 Apr. 2021 After three courses of antibiotics and other forms of treatment, no doctor could tell me what was wrong. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Ronnie Bardah on how crippling pelvic pain ruined his game," 15 Apr. 2021 But the government doctor repeatedly refused to put a number on it. James Freeman, WSJ, "Dr. Fauci and the ‘Liberty Thing’," 15 Apr. 2021 And on Tuesday, a divided federal appeals court reversed a trial judge's decision invalidating an Ohio law that bars a physician from aborting a pregnancy when the doctor knows the woman has made her choice because of fetal Down syndrome. Ariane De Vogue, CNN, "Judges are split on how seriously to take John Roberts' abortion opinion," 14 Apr. 2021 Every doctor has a different bedside manner with injectables, and COVID has introduced an entirely new set of protocols, precautions, and expectations. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, "12 Questions to Ask Your Dermatologist When Considering Fillers," 14 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The health agency will shift more vaccines to doctor’s offices and focus resources on areas with low vaccination rates. NBC News, "States see rise in unused vaccines as demand flattens, shifting focus to hesitancy," 16 Apr. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Compelling Netflix documentary explores college admissions scandal," 19 Mar. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Compelling Netflix documentary explores college admissions scandal," 19 Mar. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "Compelling Netflix documentary explores college admissions scandal," 19 Mar. 2021 And though Covid-19 restrictions may mean a more socially distant celebration this year, the message will remain of The Match as a joyous transition from student to doctor. Clifford M. Marks, STAT, "Make residency — and health care — more equitable by scrapping The Match," 19 Mar. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "The college admissions scandal went deeper than celebs. 'Operation Varsity Blues' dives in," 17 Mar. 2021 My interaction with others is mostly virtual, from funerals to doctor appointments to family celebrations. NBC news, "The Last Photo: Images taken just one year ago feel a lifetime away," 10 Mar. 2021 Fields offers more than a dozen ways to doctor up a box of Jiffy cornbread mix. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "Cornbread provides Southern comfort during Northern winters," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doctor. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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 doctor (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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