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 After undergoing tests, Looney settled on a rehab plan with his doctors that included a couple weeks of light individual work. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Kevon Looney on neuropathic condition: ‘I feel confident in my rehab’," 24 Nov. 2019 Her doctors never investigated a possible psychosomatic cause. New York Times, "After Trauma, a Silenced Vocalist Sings Again," 21 Nov. 2019 But there are now two different versions of the flu vaccine that are completely egg-free, according to the CDC; ask your doctor which vaccine is appropriate for you. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Side Effects of Getting the Flu Shot," 18 Nov. 2019 The Senate Republican proposal would require drug companies to provide patients with free insulin via their doctor’s offices for up to a year, renewable, if their income is low enough. Steve Karnowski, Twin Cities, "MN Gov. Tim Walz seeks public hearings to break emergency insulin impasse," 18 Nov. 2019 Her doctor altered her blood pressure medicine, added a cholesterol drug and aspirin, and adjusted her diet. Marilynn Marchione, Anchorage Daily News, "Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures," 16 Nov. 2019 Participants may be eligible to receive vouchers to cover the cost of nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges; or vouchers to cover part of the cost of Chantix (with a prescription from your doctor). Nancy Grauel, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Health Dept.: Quitting smoking at any point in life can provide significant health benefits," 15 Nov. 2019 To the delight of his family and his doctors, Phelps woke up shortly after his body returned to a normal temperature of 98.6 °F. Fox News, "Sudden cardiac arrest briefly kills New Jersey man, 23; hypothermia used to prevent brain damage," 14 Nov. 2019 Gerald Baldwin was prepared to walk the 100 miles from Cordova to Huntsville to get to a doctor’s appointment last week. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Alabama Police in 4 Counties Pitch in for Disabled Veteran Attempting to Walk 100 Miles to Doctor’s Appointment," 11 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 60,000 Alignment Healthcare members in some California, Florida and North Carolina plans will have access to free transportation to doctor appointments from Uber or Lyft. Susan Jaffe, chicagotribune.com, "As Medicare enrollment nears, popular price comparison tool is missing," 10 Oct. 2019 Byrum denied that happened and proved to Gran that the photo was doctored. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "The night Auburn’s Wes Byrum silenced The Swamp," 30 Sep. 2019 Nichols doctored bank records to hide the nature of her purchases, officials say. Sarah Hager, Cincinnati.com, "Woman who admitted to stealing money from youth team for Disney trip sentenced," 30 Oct. 2019 What’s more, a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found Head Start centers inflating enrollment numbers by doctoring student applications. Jonathan Butcher, National Review, "The Great Society and Opportunity Lost," 26 Oct. 2019 Vogueworld Estonian Rapper Tommy Cash Gets into Bed with Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy Has Estonian rapper Tommy Cash uploaded another freakishly doctored image to his Instagram? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Estonian Rapper Tommy Cash Gets into Bed with Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy," 18 Oct. 2019 Sinclair described how spoiled meat was doctored to appear fresh; sausages were plumped up with rat carcasses; an unlucky worker was accidentally rendered into lard. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "Trump Turns Back the Clock in America’s Meat Plants," 14 Oct. 2019 Preventative medicine is always preferable to doctor visits and pills. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Oct. 7, 2019: Happy birthday Dylan Baker; Cancer, leave sensitive subjects for another time," 7 Oct. 2019 Trump had previously claimed without evidence that under President Obama, the numbers were doctored. Los Angeles Times, "Trump and the hurricane: How much damage did he do?," 13 Sep. 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

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Doctor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doctoring. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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