doctor

noun
doc·​tor | \ ˈdäk-tər \

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 \

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 \ adjective
doctorless \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ləs \ adjective
doctorship \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ˌship \ 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

Wedding countdown: Plan to visit your doctor at least six months before your wedding day. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 The most recent microscope harnessed by doctors may thus launch a whole new field of nano-diagnosis. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 Signs we are taught by doctor to look for asthmatic children. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Gabrielle Union Has No Time for People Shaming Her for Kissing Her Baby on the Lips," 7 Dec. 2018 Fink's book documents the decisions made by the doctors during the crisis, as the hospital was left without power or an evacuation plan. Leah Silverman, Town & Country, "Everything We Know So Far About American Crime Story Season 3," 17 Sep. 2018 This can lead some students to switch schools, attend alternative schools or obtain their GED, according to the doctor. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 Feinberg, who at the time was working at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and had opened an HIV clinic, was among his doctors. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Living with HIV: Fueled by heroin, HIV makes an alarming resurgence in Cincinnati," 11 July 2018 There's a lot that doctors and scientists still don't understand about these infections. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How Parasites Can Lie Dormant for Years Before Killing You," 6 Nov. 2018 Lena Dunham revealed recently that she's been sober for six months after treating a substance abuse problem that began in a doctor’s office. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Lena Dunham Says She's 6 Months Sober After Years of 'Misusing' Her Anti-Anxiety Medication," 30 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Almost anything can be doctored with a little — or a lot — of heat, depending on your taste. Becky Krystal, The Seattle Times, "Quick and easy garnishes to glam up your plain, boring food," 4 Sep. 2018 The photograph itself was not doctored, Snopes ruled. Kimberly Winston, USA TODAY, "No, Stephen Hawking did not convert to Christianity on his deathbed after meeting pope," 21 Mar. 2018 Bijan Stephen has two more experts to say that yes, the Acosta video was doctored. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 Revelations this month that the Finance Ministry had doctored documents relating to the deal renewed public anger over the scandal, which has simmered for a year. Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg.com, "Japan's Abe Defends Scandal Response as More Voters Turn Away," 26 Mar. 2018 Some dishes invite and even require doctoring at the table with condiments, essential to any Filipino meal. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Lahi, Filipino Dishes, Classic and Idiosyncratic Alike," 31 May 2018 Between each loop, runners will eat, doctor their feet, maybe steal a quick nap. David G. Allan, CNN, "The infamous murderer's prison escape that inspired a near-impossible ultramarathon," 26 May 2018 Afghan officials doctored photos of the meeting to suggest that it had been held in Kabul instead of Bagram, which is about 12 miles away. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "On Brief Visit, Pompeo Says U.S. Is Afghanistan’s ‘Enduring Partner’," 9 July 2018 How to Make Your Store-Bought Lunch Salad a Little Less Depressing David Williams Chefs share their tips for doctoring up a sad-looking container of romaine. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "How to Make Your Store-Bought Lunch Salad a Little Less Depressing," 19 June 2018

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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 doctor : 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 \

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 \

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 \

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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