im·​pa·​tient | \(ˌ)im-ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of impatient 

1a : not patient : restless or short of temper especially under irritation, delay, or opposition

b : intolerant sense 1 impatient of delay

2 : prompted or marked by impatience an impatient reply

3 : eagerly desirous : anxious impatient to get home

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Other Words from impatient

impatiently adverb

Examples of impatient in a Sentence

After months of delays, customers are becoming impatient. Customers have grown impatient with the repeated delays. “Aren't you ready yet?” “Don't be so impatient. There's no need to hurry.” She was impatient to leave.
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Often, this music flags under its own weight, leaving audiences impatient for the choral finale and its cries of immortal life. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Czech Philharmonic’s Global Ambitions," 31 Oct. 2018 There’s a clear studio expectation that all children’s movies should be loud, garish, and impatient, with a lot of action and a few big, bold scares. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Films like The House With a Clock In Its Walls are poisonous to kids’ cinema," 23 Sep. 2018 While Mugabe, who has largely remained quiet in his Harare home since leaving power, spoke largely of the past, Zimbabweans are already impatient for the future — and Monday's vote. Farai Mutsaka, Fox News, "Zimbabwe's Mugabe emerges, rejects Mnangagwa in election," 29 July 2018 The Capitals deserved triumph, not just for 44 years of impatient waiting, but for simply being the better team. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "The expansion Golden Knights' season ended in defeat, but not failure," 8 June 2018 But as reports continue to raise issues — from questions over renting a condo from a lobbyist friend to a penchant for 24-hour security and first-class travel — Republican lawmakers are growing impatient. Ashley Killough, Jim Acosta And Jeremy Diamond, CNN, "Republicans want answers from Scott Pruitt," 24 Apr. 2018 Patton plays Brea, a conscientious Sacramento newspaper reporter whose style-over-substance editor (William Fichtner) has grown impatient with her deep investigative process and wants to let Brea go — on her birthday, no less. Gary Goldstein,, "Paula Patton stars in the surprisingly effective thriller 'Traffik'," 20 Apr. 2018 Being able to be organized at an age-appropriate level, such as excessively losing their things; Being impulsive and impatient, such as intruding into other people’s activities, interrupting others and having difficulties in waiting for their turn. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Children aren't the only ones with ADHD; adults get it as well," 17 May 2018 Investors are impatient to see evidence that CEO Staley’s promised turnaround is working, particularly after the share price slid 14 percent in the past 12 months. Stephen Morris,, "Barclays Is Cutting Up to 100 Senior Investment Bank Staff," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of impatient

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for impatient

Middle English impacient, from Anglo-French impacient, from Latin impatient-, impatiens, from in- + patient-, patiens patient

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English Language Learners Definition of impatient

: not willing to wait for something or someone : not patient

: wanting or eager to do something without waiting

: showing that you do not want to wait : showing a lack of patience


im·​pa·​tient | \im-ˈpā-shənt \

Kids Definition of impatient

1 : not wanting to put up with or wait for something or someone

2 : showing a lack of patience an impatient reply

3 : restless and eager We're impatient to go.

Other Words from impatient

impatiently adverb

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