doctor

noun
doc·​tor | \ ˈdäk-tər How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Essential Meaning of doctor

1 : a person who is skilled in the science of medicine : a person who is trained and licensed to treat sick and injured people I think you should see a doctor. [=physician] He needed medicine but refused to go to a doctor. See More Examplesa visit to the doctor's office = a doctor's visit She was under doctor's orders not to return to work. Most of her money goes to paying doctors' bills. [=bills for visits to doctors and medical treatment]Hide
2 : the place where a doctor works I saw her at the doctor's last week. How long will you be at the doctor?
3 US : a dentist

Full 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 doctor (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 doctor (audio) \ adjective
doctorless \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce doctor (audio) \ adjective
doctorship \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce doctor (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 Going to the doctor or getting surgery in the United States—even with health insurance—can feel like stepping into a financial black hole. Deb Gordon, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 False negative tests can keep a person from coming to the doctor to get evaluated. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 24 Aug. 2021 My uncle is a doctor and immediately rushed to the affected areas to help after the earthquake struck. Lionel Moise, ABC News, 21 Aug. 2021 Later, Rahmani’s mother, rushing out of the house in flip-flops to take Rahmani’s ill sister to a doctor, was publicly whipped for exposing her feet. Barbara Spindel, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Aug. 2021 When in doubt, parents are advised to take their children to the doctor - and many are. Marc Fisher, Jennifer Oldham, Sheila Regan, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Aug. 2021 The first goes to Peralta and Boyle — go to the doctor and prove the sick notes from the officers are fraudulent. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 This new discomfort, bordering on the unbearable, is enough to drive him to call a doctor. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2021 Parents seeking a mask mandate accommodation can have their children’s doctor fill out a form and provide documentation of their medical condition. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the midst of an already strange season, Major League Baseball is cracking down on pitchers using sticky foreign substances to doctor the baseball. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Nonprofit ELAINE transports people experiencing homelessness to appointments, from job interviews to doctor visits. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 4 July 2021 The rest went to ongoing programs in partnership with nonprofits, ranging from outreach efforts to car rides to doctor’s appointments and job interviews, along with relief centers that offer amenities during the day. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, 4 July 2021 Tag along to doctor’s appointments and classes, with their permission. Noel Cody, Essence, 25 June 2021 The search is on by major league umpires for sticky stuff that pitchers might use to doctor baseballs. Stephen Hawkins, ajc, 21 June 2021 This time baseball acted on its own to address a substance abuse issue of a different kind, announcing a series of new rules on Tuesday to police how pitchers doctor the ball. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2021 The majority of members require assistance with daily living activities, such as taking their medications and transportation to doctor appointments. San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2021 Companies must be flexible about when remote employees do their jobs so, for example, parents can pick up their kids at school or take them to doctor appointments. Verne Kopytoff, Fortune, 13 May 2021

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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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“Doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doctor. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for doctor

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 doctor (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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