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

b : medicine man

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\-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 \-t(ə-)rəl \ adjective
doctorless \-tər-ləs \ adjective
doctorship \-ˌship \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for doctor

Synonyms: Noun

doc, medic, medico, physician

Synonyms: Verb

acclimate, acclimatize, accommodate, adapt, adjust, condition, conform, edit, fashion, fit, put, shape, suit, tailor

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

When Garrett was first diagnosed, doctors were blunt with Ryan and Emilie Matthias about the reality of cancer treatment. Makayla Tendall, ajc, "'See ya later, suckas!': Family writes unique obituary for 5-year-old cancer victim," 13 July 2018 And by selling its $950 genetic tests, which require a doctor’s order (insurers don’t cover it, either). Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Company Wants Your Fertility Data," 13 July 2018 And doctors weren’t familiar with the science of hormones that make the drug possible. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Jail personnel gave the inmate CPR until he was taken to a hospital, where doctors were unable to revive him. Alex Riggins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Inmate death at Vista jail under investigation," 11 July 2018 But my wife couldn't shrug off the notion of a doctor getting intimate with a patient, even if director Diane Paulus stages those intimacies in a way that makes Jenna's willing participation utterly clear. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "In the world of Waitress, almost all sins can be forgiven with a song," 11 July 2018 Army doctors had been giving him a cocktail of medicines that included quetiapine, a top-selling antipsychotic from AstraZeneca sold under the name Seroquel. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Hidden conflicts? Pharma payments to FDA advisers after drug approvals spark ethical concerns," 5 July 2018 Many doctors also are underwhelmed by the drugs, and aren’t inclined to prescribe them. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A flu drug — shown to reduce the duration of symptoms — could upend treatment in U.S.," 27 June 2018 But doctors are accustomed to talking about all kinds of difficult subjects. WSJ, "Should Doctors Routinely Talk to Patients About Gun Use?," 24 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Andy Baraghani, who developed the recipe, couldn’t resist doctoring it up, so our recipe is topped with something extra: sizzled fried scallions. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "Make This Risi e Bisi Just So You Can Say It Over and Over Again," 10 May 2018 In the case on Tuesday, Detective Foder is accused of doctoring a photo lineup to persuade a judge that a victim had been able to identify two suspects in a carjacking. Joseph Goldstein, New York Times, "New York Detective Charged with Faking Lineup Results," 27 Feb. 2018 Sales staff at the bank also took steps to shortchange customers by doctoring trade-execution markups or dicing up customer orders to keep portions of trades in the bank’s own account, according to the regulator. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank to Pay $205 Million Fine to End N.Y. Currency-Trading Probe," 20 June 2018 Unlike many pro models, the Whiteout is fundamentally suited to a recreational player’s all-around game, even erring on the side of control over power (though of course the actual racquets pros use are usually doctored to a player’s custom specs). Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Wimbledon Racquet Style: The New Formality," 2 July 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

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

Verb

see doctor entry 1

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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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