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

Read More Charlotte hospital giant plans to slash labor costs across the region, documents show Atrium has repeatedly said such efforts are designed to grow services for patients, reduce patient costs or improve care. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "As nearly 100 doctors abandon Atrium Health, some experts see the start of a trend | Charlotte Observer," 25 May 2018 Be patient, work hard & consistently, have faith in your writing. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City winger Justin Meram speaks out about fan criticism, struggles on pitch," 28 June 2018 Now, signs the Federal Reserve will be patient in raising interest rates, along with stronger-than-expected corporate earnings and thawing global trade tensions, have helped reassure investors a U.S. recession isn’t looming. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Transports Are Rallying but Aren’t Yet Sending ‘An All Clear’ on Economy," 11 Feb. 2019 Most advocacy groups are trying to be patient, chalking up the delays to the inevitable inertia of a giant bureaucracy forced to change. Dave Philipps, BostonGlobe.com, "Instead of a ban, transgender military recruits hit red tape," 6 July 2018 Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley, who was sitting just a few rows behind the Rockets bench, has told Evans to be patient. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Former Suns' coach Triano confident Booker can handle responsibility of big money deal," 6 July 2018 Notice: The service is still a little hectic, so be patient and allow plenty of time. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "More than chicken-and-waffles at new TCU-area restaurant," 18 June 2018 By the sounds of it, viewers will have to be just a bit more patient. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tori Roloff Just Revealed When the New Season of 'Little People, Big World' Will Return," 2 Jan. 2019 But not 3ve; the hackers here were far more patient. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "How 3ve’s BGP hijackers eluded the Internet—and made $29M," 21 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Years ago, Rabin’s father told her a story about a patient of his who came in for a regular eye exam. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Startup Wants to Bring Eye Care to the Forefront of Wellness Culture," 5 Apr. 2019 Eli Lilly said the price it was paid for its Humalog insulin averaged $135 a patient a month in 2018, down slightly from the 2014 average. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Squeeze Looks More Likely for Drug Middlemen," 25 Mar. 2019 For the patient antiterrorist Not jumping on any of this week’s releases? Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 One of the recipients of the royal bouquets were pediatric cancer patients at the Ronald McDonald House. Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower Gift Bags Reportedly Contained Some Serious Swag," 28 Feb. 2019 Neurologists on the front lines have felt powerless, watching their patients disappear into the sinkhole of forgetfulness. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The Flachs had been patients of Kaiser Permanente since January. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Wimbledon champ Ken Flach's widow speaks out on tennis great's sepsis death," 25 Sep. 2018 This little hero from @voicesofhopecc was a patient of mine at CHOC Hospital. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Star Michael Ketterer Has an INCREDIBLE Connection to Voices of Hope," 6 Sep. 2018 Amenities that create a healthy work environment and promote a culture of wellness—something nurses want to model for their patients—also decreases staff turnover, a big plus for health care institutions. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How urban planners can promote health and wellness," 25 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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