patient

adjective
pa·​tient | \ ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce patient (audio) \

Definition of patient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
2 : manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
3 : not hasty or impetuous
4 : steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity
5a : able or willing to bear used with of
b : susceptible, admitting patient of one interpretation

patient

noun
pa·​tient | \ ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce patient (audio) \

Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an individual awaiting or under medical care and treatment cancer patients psychiatric patients
b : the recipient of any of various personal services
2 : one that is acted upon are agents as well as patients and observers in the world— C. H. Whiteley

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Other Words from patient

Adjective

patiently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for patient

Synonyms: Adjective

forbearing, long-suffering, stoic (or stoical), tolerant, uncomplaining

Synonyms: Noun

case

Antonyms: Adjective

complaining, fed up, impatient, kvetching, kvetchy, protesting

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Examples of patient in a Sentence

Adjective

To pry apart violent Islamic radicals, the United States has to become knowledgeable about internal cleavages and be patient in exploiting them. — Samantha Power, New York Times Book Review, 29 July 2007 I pack them into the compartment for a visit, pack till it's full far beyond capacity and weep with them, share with them my scanty bit of good fortune, tell them I care, tell them be patient, tell them I'm on their side … — John Edgar Wideman, Harper's, December 2003 There's no sense being patient with people who make you wait, because they'll only make you wait longer the next time. — Andrew A. Rooney, And More by Andy Rooney, (1979) 1982 I hate having to stand in long lines. I'm just not very patient. The teacher treated her students in a patient and understanding way. “Aren't you finished yet?” “Be patient. I'll be done soon.” Proofreading requires patient attention to detail. They put in years of patient labor on the project.

Noun

Several patients were waiting to see the doctor. the nurse asked the patient to change into a paper gown
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

About 600 people are currently under court-ordered in-patient and out-patient treatment in San Francisco. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco supervisors strike deal to expand forced treatment of mentally ill," 3 June 2019 Robles says Soto has helped him with advice about getting ready to be an everyday player in the majors, telling him above all to be patient at the plate. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Nationals OF Victor Robles, 21, gets his turn to turn heads," 25 Mar. 2019 Thank you for teaching me to be kind and patient and to lead with love. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Game of Thrones Stars Emilia Clarke and Sophie Turner Shared Heartfelt Tributes to the Show in Honor of the Finale," 20 May 2019 Different grape varietals — a pinot noir grape, a merlot grape — are different colors, with skins of different thicknesses, explains Cha McCoy, a very patient sommelier based in New York City. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Here is why you look like a vampire.," 18 Dec. 2018 Medicare doesn’t provide patient care as public health-care systems in other countries do. WSJ, "Taking the Temperature of Medicare for All," 3 Apr. 2019 Last year, Microsoft launched a new health care division that plans to focus on using artificial intelligence to improve patient care. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Amazon will reportedly sell software that reads medical records," 27 Nov. 2018 Dialysis services company DaVita surged after California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have capped dialysis clinics’ profits in an effort to improve patient care. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Election Impact: Health care stocks jump following midterms," 7 Nov. 2018 In other words, a patient population this large is going to have a lot going on other than sepsis, and a lot of it will influence the results of any treatments, so the signal from effective treatments is going to be small and hard to spot. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "AIs trained to help with sepsis treatment, fracture diagnosis," 27 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Medical marijuana treatment centers dispense cannabis products to qualified patients and caregivers as recommended by their physicians. sun-sentinel.com, "Medical marijuana company wants more storefronts," 5 June 2019 The right treatment depends on several factors, including the age of the patient and their symptoms. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "12 Common Face 'Bumps' and How to Deal With Them," 31 May 2019 By providing hospitality and opportunities for engagement, the society strives to keep patients and their families vital during long afternoons at the clinic. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "It Was All Glitz and Glamour at Saks and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Spring 2019 Ball," 22 May 2019 Arriving at Oxford Children's Hospital, where the prince will meet with young patients and their parents, Harry was presented with an extra special gift intended for baby Archie. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Was Given the Cutest Teddy Bear for Baby Archie by a Young Fan in Oxford," 14 May 2019 Learn more about how Memorial Sloan Kettering cares for pediatric patients and their families at MSKCC.org/pediatrics. The Editors, Town & Country, "All About Town & Country's 2019 Philanthropy Summit," 16 Apr. 2019 Authorities have found clinics overprescribing opioids to Medicaid patients and doctors running pill mills. Chad Terhune, Washington Post, "Insurers Fall Short In Catching And Reporting Medicaid Fraud, Inspectors Find," 12 July 2018 Yoga for cancer recovery offered A free Yoga for Cancer Recovery session for cancer patients and survivors is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at EOS Fitness, 780 Garden View Court. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Woman of the Year awards given," 9 July 2018 Gadot stopped to chat and take photos with patients and staff. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Dressed as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot surprises kids in children's hospital," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of patient

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

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

History and Etymology for patient

Adjective and Noun

Middle English pacient, from Anglo-French, from Latin patient-, patiens, from present participle of pati to suffer; perhaps akin to Greek pēma suffering

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patient

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of patient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people
: done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying

patient

noun

English Language Learners Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who receives medical care or treatment

patient

adjective
pa·​tient | \ ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce patient (audio) \

Kids Definition of patient

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: able to or showing the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person a patient response a patient teacher

Other Words from patient

patiently adverb

patient

noun

Kids Definition of patient (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person under medical care or treatment

patient

noun
pa·​tient | \ ˈpā-shənt How to pronounce patient (audio) \

Medical Definition of patient

1 : a sick individual especially when awaiting or under the care and treatment of a physician or surgeon the hospital is equipped to handle 500 patients
2 : a client for medical service (as of a physician or dentist) a good practice with a large number of patients

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