impatient

adjective
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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To be sure, many millennials do not fit stereotypes, such as being difficult to manage, impatient and unsatisfied with work. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Ferndale hairstylist explains how he's pulling in $280K per year," 15 June 2019 However, when Moses went to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, the Israelites grew impatient and Aaron’s resolve collapsed. National Geographic, "Why Moses’s brother worshipped a golden calf," 3 May 2019 Drew Angerer/Getty Images BuzzFeed News journalists are getting impatient. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "BuzzFeed journalists just walked off the job in 4 cities. Here’s why.," 17 June 2019 By April 2018, the CFSA members were growing impatient. Anjali Tsui, ProPublica, "How Payday Lenders Spent $1 Million at a Trump Resort — and Cashed In," 5 June 2019 Instead Trump has fumed at Nielsen, telling her to ‘‘close the border’’ and growing impatient at her explanations of why that’s not possible. Josh Dawsey And Nick Miroff, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We’re closed!’: Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018 Gun-control groups have been spurred on by a younger generation impatient with inaction. Lisa Marie Pane And Jamie Stengle, chicagotribune.com, "NRA agenda stalls despite gun-friendly Congress, president," 2 May 2018 People can also become impatient and short-tempered and have difficulty concentrating. Kate Gardner, SELF, "What It’s Like to Be So Sleep Deprived That You Hallucinate," 14 Feb. 2019 Often these developers deal with the robot’s confusion by having the vehicles slow down or stop, which can then create more confusion as other drivers grow impatient and illegally pass. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype," 17 Jan. 2019

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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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impatient

adjective

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

impatient

adjective
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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