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doctor

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noun doc·tor \ˈdäk-tər\

Definition of doctor

  1. 1a Christianity :  an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church —called also doctor of the churchb :  a learned or authoritative teacherc :  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

  2. 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' billsb :  medicine man

  3. 3a :  material added (as to food) to produce a desired effectb :  a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface

  4. 4 :  a person who restores, repairs, or fine-tunes things

doctoral

play \-t(ə-)rəl\ adjective

doctorless

play \-tər-ləs\ adjective

doctorship

play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of doctor in a Sentence

  1. He needed medicine but refused to go to a doctor.

  2. She was under doctor's orders not to return to work.

  3. I saw her at the doctor's last week.

  4. How long will you be at the doctor?

  5. Most of the faculty members at this college are doctors in their fields.

  6. Dr. Smith, can you explain the exam requirements again?

Origin and Etymology of doctor

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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doctor

verb doc·tor

Definition of doctor

doctored

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doctoring

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  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to give medical treatment to doctored her ailing husbandb :  to restore to good condition :  repair doctor an old clock

  3. 2a :  to adapt or modify for a desired end by alteration or special treatment doctored the play to suit the audience the drink was doctoredb :  to alter deceptively accused of doctoring the election returns The pitcher tried to cheat by doctoring the baseball.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to practice medicine a career doctoring in the country

  6. 2 dialect :  to take medicine

Examples of doctor in a Sentence

  1. They were accused of doctoring the company's financial records.

  2. a doctored photo of the actress

  3. I think somebody doctored the punch.

  4. He had time to doctor his wounds.

  5. She doctored the sick child until the physician arrived.

Origin and Etymology of doctor

see 1doctor


First Known Use: 1712



DOCTOR Defined for English Language Learners

doctor

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noun

Definition of doctor for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of doctor for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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doctor

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noun doc·tor \ˈdäk-tər\

Definition of doctor for Students

  1. :  a person (as a physician or veterinarian) skilled and specializing in the art of healing


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doctor

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verb doc·tor

Definition of doctor for Students

doctored

;

doctoring

  1. 1 :  to use remedies on or for doctor a wound

  2. 2 :  to practice medicine


Medical Dictionary

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doctor

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noun doc·tor \ˈdäk-tər\

Medical Definition of doctor

  1. 1a:  a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a universityb:  a person awarded an honorary doctorate by a college or university

  2. 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


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doctor

verb doc·tor

Medical Definition of doctor

doctored

;

doctoring

\-t(ə-)riŋ\play
  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to give medical treatment to

  4. 2:  castrate 1, spay have your pet cat doctored

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to practice medicine



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