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 This is a huge problem, and one that patients and doctors need to combat together. Quartz, "The most important fertility factors have little to do with biology," 19 Mar. 2020 Pence also urged doctors to delay elective surgeries to free up hospital capacity and medical supplies to treat more patients with the coronavirus or those showing symptoms. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "Trump administration will allow doctors to practice across state lines to address pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 Sutter Health has drive-through respiratory clinics around the Bay Area, where patients — on orders from a doctor — can get checked out while sitting in their cars. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area hospitals scramble to prepare for wave of coronavirus cases," 18 Mar. 2020 People who don't have a primary care doctor should reach out to their local health department for guidance on their symptoms and testing, Jaquis said. Dennis Thompson, CBS News, "Think you have COVID-19 symptoms? Here's what to do," 18 Mar. 2020 Testing is only available with a Clinic doctor’s order. cleveland, "How and where to get tested for coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 Examples include picking up medicine, visiting a doctor or getting supplies to work from home. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Can you leave home with 'shelter-in-place' order in effect during coronavirus crisis? Yes, under certain circumstances.," 18 Mar. 2020 People must be referred by a doctor before using the service. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage drive-thru coronavirus testing site now open," 18 Mar. 2020 While many may think the program was created by a physician, Alfredo Bowman, who is the creator, was an herbalist, not a medical doctor. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dr. Sebi Diet, According to a Registered Dietitian," 17 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Russia's defense ministry early on published satellite images that were found to have been doctored to include a Ukrainian fighter jet close to the airliner. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "Trial of suspects in shooting down of flight MH17 begins in the Netherlands," 9 Mar. 2020 On Sunday, Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue, which doctored Penelope back to health, announced on its Facebook page that English mastiff has been adopted by an Eastpointe police sergeant and his family. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "New Eastpointe law cracks down on when dogs can be left outside," 3 Feb. 2020 To be clear, the video was not doctored in the sense that it was digitally altered. Robert Farley, USA TODAY, "Are Biden and Sanders using facts to argue about Social Security and Medicare?," 13 Feb. 2020 Pitchers have been doctoring baseballs forever, from rubbing on foreign substances to cuts and scuffs with emery boards, sandpaper, belt buckles… anything to make the ball do tricks on its way to the plate. cleveland, "Houston Astros crossed baseball’s fine line with sign-stealing scandal," 25 Jan. 2020 But the Sanders campaign is doctoring fiscal reality, which is that Social Security can’t continue in its present form. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Biden’s Social Security Heresy," 20 Jan. 2020 Gaylord Perry doctored more baseballs than Susquehanna River mud. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: Baseball loves its cheaters. Well, most of them. You know where this is going.," 14 Jan. 2020 Deepfakes — a term that generally describes videos doctored with cutting-edge artificial intelligence — have become much more prevalent in recent months, especially on social media. David Mccabe, BostonGlobe.com, "Facebook says it will ban ‘deepfakes’," 7 Jan. 2020 Deepfakes — a term that generally describes videos doctored with cutting-edge artificial intelligence — have already challenged our assumptions about what is real and what is not. New York Times, "Internet Companies Prepare to Fight the ‘Deepfake’ Future," 22 Nov. 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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The first known use of doctor was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

21 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doctor. Accessed 29 Mar. 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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