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 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 One doctor, a resident, had started his ICU rotation with a half dozen Covid-19 patients under his care. Robert Pearl, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The first protest against the generals, three days after the coup, was led by a doctor, Tayzar San, in the city of Mandalay. New York Times, 12 June 2021 His doctor, Joseph Leventhal, interim chief of organ transplantation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said their situation is somewhat unusual. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, 11 June 2021 The doctor, Aaron Kesselheim, announced his departure in a letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021 In the case of a bad medical diagnosis, for instance, the target might be a doctor who didn't catch the disease early on-or, someone who is fired may feel fury at their boss. Madeleine Burry, Health.com, 10 June 2021 The doctor tasked with fighting the pandemic was, in fact, working to obscure his own role in creating it. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 8 June 2021 Honestly, this doctor is a good catch for No. 3 alone. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 29 May 2021 The doctor was under police protection over threats from people unhappy with Covid-19 restrictions. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 This strikes me as a good sauce to doctor up with some meat or sausage. Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2021 The health agency will shift more vaccines to doctor’s offices and focus resources on areas with low vaccination rates. NBC News, 16 Apr. 2021 Singer would doctor applications, sometimes something as brazen and simple as changing the race of the applicant. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 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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18 Jun 2021

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

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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 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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