im·​pa·​tient | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce impatient (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Kessel's lack of finish and visible lack of consistency across the board quickly made fans impatient. Richard Morin, The Arizona Republic, "A year of Phil: How has Kessel trade worked out for Arizona Coyotes?," 30 June 2020 DeWitte is impatient because speed is necessary in order for his small, advanced nuclear reactor, an emissions-free technology of a type that has never been deployed, to be ready in time to help the world curb climate change. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Supreme Court punts on major natural gas pipeline," 29 June 2020 Quoting song lyrics and citing his past racial-justice efforts, Stevie Wonder delivered an emphatic, at times impatient video message Tuesday urging on the Black Lives Matter movement. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Stevie Wonder spurs on action for Black Lives Matter efforts: 'Move more than your mouth'," 23 June 2020 Unpublished research by Heidi Vuletich in my lab finds that scarce resources make the future feel further away, which helps explain why poor children make more impatient decisions than middle-class kids. Popular Science, "Your kids aren’t growing up too quickly, but your brain sure thinks they are," 20 June 2020 Then, in the capital, a charismatic strongman grows impatient. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, WSJ, "Book Review: How the Revolution Took Tibet," 19 June 2020 Officers became increasingly impatient, and militant. Steven Greenhouse, The New Yorker, "How Police-Union Power Helped Increase Abuses," 18 June 2020 There is no deadline, but federal officials are growing impatient. NBC News, "Nursing homes represent more than 1 in 4 COVID-19 deaths in U.S.," 12 June 2020 Mistakes happen, and conclusions change—especially when the whole world is impatient for answers. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "A Low-Cost Steroid Shows Promise for Treating COVID-19. But Take the News With a Grain of Salt," 16 June 2020

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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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The first known use of impatient was in the 14th century

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3 Jul 2020

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“Impatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce impatient (audio) \

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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