patience

noun
pa·​tience | \ ˈpā-shən(t)s How to pronounce patience (audio) \

Definition of patience

1 : the capacity, habit, or fact of being patient
2 chiefly British : solitaire sense 2

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Synonyms & Antonyms for patience

Synonyms

forbearance, long-suffering, sufferance, tolerance

Antonyms

impatience

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Examples of patience in a Sentence

To be a biographer is a somewhat peculiar endeavor. It seems to me it requires not only the tact, patience, and thoroughness of a scholar but also the stamina of a horse. — Nancy Milford, Vanity Fair, August 2001 … in this time of bioethical conundrums, it is good to know that patience, good will, and personal morality will untie far more intellectual knots than the disarray of rancor, conflict, and special interests … — Sherwin B. Nuland, New Republic, 13 Dec. 1999 Mind-numbing delays and irrelevant search results are enough to try the patience of the most saintly Web surfers. — Neil Gross et al., Business Week, 14 June 1999 After a while, their ideological certitudes tried the patience of their own peoples … — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., New Yorker, 16 Nov. 1992 I don't have the patience to wait in line for hours just to buy a ticket. Investors need to have patience. The economy will improve soon. She treated her students with great patience and humor. I don't have the patience to do crossword puzzles.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Sadly, fans will probably have to practice a bit of patience over the spring and summer. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'A Million Little Things' Season 2 Sounds Like It's Going to Seriously Shock Fans," 28 Feb. 2019 KDB’s patience has worn thin as HMM’s losses mount, with liabilities expected to hit $2.9 billion next year. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Freight’s Bigger Value; Choppy Container Waters; Tracking Food Supplies," 22 Feb. 2019 Weight lifting has also helped me to develop discipline and patience. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "13 Women Share the Important Lessons That Strength Training Taught Them," 19 Jan. 2019 Appropriators in Congress — even Republicans — have been losing patience over this. Dara Lind, Vox, "But the Trump administration is taking $200 million from other parts of the Department of Homeland Security instead of staying within its budget on immigrant detention.," 12 Sep. 2018 But their road to happiness took a lot of patience (and multiple music videos) to come together. Megan Stein, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's Love Story Will Make You Ugly Cry," 6 Mar. 2019 Long lines continued at gas stations in many parts of the country, but Lopez Obrador asked for patience and said things would soon be getting back to normal. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Mexico president declares gains in fight against fuel theft," 14 Jan. 2019 When cooking chicken, patience is key every step of the way. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Cook Perfectly Crispy Chicken Thighs Every Time," 25 Feb. 2019 The musician also takes pride in the process of learning her natural hair, which requires patience. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Kelly Rowland's New Music Video Shatters Beauty Standards," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of patience

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for patience

see patient entry 1

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patience

noun

English Language Learners Definition of patience

: the ability to wait for a long time without becoming annoyed or upset
: the ability to remain calm and not become annoyed when dealing with problems or with difficult people
: the ability to give attention to something for a long time without becoming bored or losing interest

patience

noun
pa·​tience | \ ˈpā-shəns How to pronounce patience (audio) \

Kids Definition of patience

: the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person A person will need patience to do this work.

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