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

Earlier that year, its then-CEO Dr. Thomas Malone stepped down after receiving a no-confidence vote from Summa’s doctors over fallout from severing a longtime contract with emergency physicians. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "Summa Health to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beaumont Health," 9 July 2019 That same day, four doctors were killed during the early-morning raid by Afghan commandos on a hospital in central Wardak Province, according to Sharifullah Hotak, a member of the provincial council. David Zucchino, New York Times, "It’s War on Afghan Civilians, Even as Both Sides Talk Peace," 9 July 2019 The former Arizona video-game designer (mainly Nintendo DS titles) is now, by day, a robotics engineer at Stryker in Fort Lauderdale, building medical robots that assist doctors during hip and knee replacement surgeries. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Summer suds: Five South Florida breweries opening this summer and fall," 9 July 2019 In some cases, the rules mean doctors would in effect lose money by working. The Economist, "An unhealthy tax change hits British hospitals," 9 July 2019 Palestinian doctors receive overwhelming support from Israeli colleagues, training together and working side by side. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 Two Texas doctors are challenging a state law that prohibits physicians from selling medications from their offices. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Texas doctors sue state for right to dispense medication," 8 July 2019 The sole health clinic in Palmital, a central Brazilian town of 3,500 residents, can afford doctors only three days a week and often has no pain killers on hand. Paulo Trevisani, WSJ, "Brazil Set to Tackle Pensions Overhaul," 8 July 2019 Wilson’s doctors tested her blood for Missouri’s common tick diseases. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Meat-Allergy Tick Also Carries a Mystery Killer Virus," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The video was doctored so the victim had a CNN logo imposed over his head and was also edited to add sound. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Twitter will label tweets from Trump, world leaders who break the platform's rules," 27 June 2019 The condiments counter might also hold some doctored Tapatio, a close hot sauce facsimile of Egyptian shatta. Michael Russell, oregonlive.com, "Peri Koshari is the one-dish Egyptian food cart we’ve been waiting for," 25 June 2019 These can make a photo look obviously doctored, like blurry borders and artificially smooth skin. Siwei Lyu, The Conversation, "Detecting deepfakes by looking closely reveals a way to protect against them," 25 June 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 At the request of a congressional candidate’s campaign, the San Joaquin County sheriff’s office doctored the image of a man arrested in a pedophilia sting — a move the sheriff now says was a mistake. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Sheriff alters image from pedophile bust at Turlock candidate’s request," 19 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 Chemist Cafe gives coffee a high-tech treatment serving doctored-up Frappuccinos and iced coffees in a laboratory setting, Imbibing in Doha is limited to hotel bars and lounges, of which there are a good selection. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Doha Is Much More Than a Stopover Destination," 4 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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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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