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

The French pastry chef was patient and really taught me about the trade. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "10 questions with Salty Tart’s pastry chef Adrienne Odom: It’s still so new," 30 July 2019 Saints are thought to be patient, generous, empathetic and intercessors. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Tituss Burgess Is Full Of Love And Optimism On New EP 'Saint Tituss'," 26 July 2019 Allow me to state two fundamental facts that often seem to elude patient and policymaker alike. Michael Williams, The Conversation, "US health care: An industry too big to fail," 24 July 2019 In her books, the love interests are patient and respectful of boundaries. Lisa Bonos, Dallas News, "Romance novelist Helen Hoang writes about love on the autism spectrum," 23 July 2019 The North Korean leader signaled last week during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that Pyongyang would remain patient and would seek a compromise with the U.S. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "Trump Offers to Meet North Korea’s Kim," 29 June 2019 And so, the first patient the family’s dogs comforted was the woman who wanted them to comfort others. Stephanie Farr, https://www.inquirer.com, "Delco dog mom has 9 Newfoundlands, a huge online following, and her own meme | We the People," 5 June 2019 The audit checks to make sure the agency is complying with certain rules — that a registered nurse is overseeing patient care, for example. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Boise man died of burns after a home health aide left him in hot bath, friend says," 3 June 2019 Legionnaires' begins with a patient feeling tired and weak, according to the educational organization Legionella.org. Susan Scutti, CNN, "11 former guests of an Atlanta hotel now have Legionnaires' disease. Authorities have identified 55 more probable cases.," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The doctor, Reginald Archibald, has been accused of molesting hundreds of child patients over a 30-year period. David Klepper, BostonGlobe.com, "Flurry of suits emerge as NY opens door to old abuse claims," 14 Aug. 2019 Within two years, the number of patients current on the vaccine went from 2,993 to 4,273 — a 42.7 percent increase. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Texas ranks near bottom for children vaccinated against HPV," 14 Aug. 2019 The doctor, Reginald Archibald, has been accused of molesting hundreds of child patients over a 30-year period. Washington Post, "Flurry of suits emerge as NY opens door to old abuse claims," 14 Aug. 2019 The rate of patients cured jumped from 33 percent to 90 percent or greater, but the lawsuit says the Connecticut Department of Correction failed to take advantage of the medical advances and adopt a workable policy on screening and treatment. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Facing class action lawsuit, prison system announces plan to test and treat all inmates for hepatitis C; cost could exceed $150M," 13 Aug. 2019 By contrast, 53% of patients who received the anti-viral drug remdesivir died, as did 49% of those who received ZMapp, an antibody treatment that was tested during a major Ebola outbreak in West Africa from 2014 to 2016. Amy Maxmen, Scientific American, "Two Ebola Drugs Show Promise Amid Ongoing Outbreak," 13 Aug. 2019 In the study, researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) used MRIs to scan the brains of hundreds of patients with high blood pressure. Robert Preidt, CBS News, "Controlling blood pressure may help ward off dementia," 13 Aug. 2019 From the trial's early data, 49% of patients given ZMapp died, as did 53% of those receiving remdesivir. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Two Ebola drugs boost survival rates, according to early trial data," 13 Aug. 2019 Overall, 49% of patients receiving ZMapp—and 53% of those who received remdesivir—died, compared with only 29% of those on REGN-EB3. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "Finally, some good news about Ebola: Two new treatments dramatically lower the death rate in a trial," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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