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

The short answer is no, doctors and psychiatrists don’t recommend microdosing — at least not in its current form. Allure, "Your Guide to Microdosing for Anxiety and Depression," 19 Apr. 2019 The candidates challenged each other to take drug tests, and footage of doctors drawing their blood aired live. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ukraine’s Presidential Gamble," 21 Apr. 2019 Your next doctor’s appointment might be with an AI. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Inside the race to hack-proof the Democratic Party," 18 Oct. 2018 Measles outbreaks in this state and elsewhere have alarmed parents, doctors and public officials about a highly contagious disease that had been deemed eliminated in 2000. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "Fear, resentment — and more demand for vaccines as one Washington county grapples with measles outbreak," 1 Apr. 2019 According to a 2016 BuzzFeed article, Dee Dee told doctors and friends that Rod was a deadbeat drug addict who abandoned his daughter, which wasn't true. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "Who Is Rod Blanchard, Father to Gypsy Rose Blanchard of Hulu's 'The Act'?," 21 Mar. 2019 He was seen by a doctor at Sandringham and given the all-clear, and later attended hospital as a precautionary measure. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Philip Will Surrender His Driving License Following Road Traffic Accident," 9 Feb. 2019 Additionally, the series centered around the doctor and her adventures in all things ready to pop will return to TLC in January 2019, Refinery 29 reported. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Pimple Popper Announced a Holiday Television Special," 6 Oct. 2018 The social movement was started by Auckland doctor Thaya Ashman, Reuters reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Women Wear Headscarves to Honor Mosque Shooting Victims," 23 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Cut] Watch this: Why the Soviets doctored this iconic photo This photo conceals a clue to a brutal story of vengeance. Vox Staff, Vox, "Vox Sentences: 16 shots in 14 seconds," 3 Oct. 2018 The Washington Post’s Drew Harwell, citing various other analyses, also wrote that the footage had been doctored. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The fake video era of US politics has arrived on Twitter," 9 Nov. 2018 The clip, which is slightly doctored to include a superimposition of Baron Cohen’s face, also implies that Baron Cohen may have followed Trump’s advice, so to speak. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Sacha Baron Cohen Is Upping His Feud With President Trump," 5 July 2018 In the footage, the blonde female flight attendant’s face is blurred and voice is doctored, presumably to conceal her identity. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "British Airways suspends flight attendant over racy video of her stripping off tights, smelling them," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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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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