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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Synonyms & Antonyms for patient

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 money will go to government organizations, health systems, schools and patient and community groups, the company said in a press release. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 11-12," 13 May 2020 Until scientists develop a vaccine, and until severe cases can be treated reliably, getting back out into the world will have to happen in cautious fits and starts, and everyone will have to learn to be patient. Jun Michael Park, National Geographic, "There’s no earthquake to warn you, because you’re on the other side of the Indian Ocean.," 13 May 2020 Since everyone is learning and pivoting so much, be patient during the dining out experience. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, "What to Expect When Restaurants Reopen—and How to Stay Safe If You Dine Out," 12 May 2020 Given high levels of uncertainty, investors should be patient and selective in exploiting entry points. Justina Lee, Bloomberg.com, "Wall Street Bulls Lashed by Worst Stock Volatility Since 2011," 10 May 2020 But like any change that affects your day-to-day life, adjusting to a new workflow is all about staying calm, making small changes, and being patient with yourself. Olivia Muenter, Woman's Day, "Going Back To Work After Time Away Can Be Tough. Here's How to Make It Easier," 4 May 2020 About 650 service members staff the operation, which offers ICU and intermediate patient care, according to Capt. USA Today, "Coronavirus hospitals in the field: How the Army Corps of Engineers fights COVID-19 with tents," 16 Apr. 2020 The doctor and patient anecdotes reported recently describe a high incidence of anosmia in COVID-19 patients, including many without other symptoms. Steven D. Munger, The Conversation, "Is the loss of your sense of smell and taste an early sign of COVID-19?," 27 Mar. 2020 Passed in 2001, the Texas Medical Records Privacy Act expanded dramatically on federal protections of patient health care information. ProPublica, "Texas Still Won’t Say Which Nursing Homes Have COVID-19 Cases. Families Are Demanding Answers.," 3 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One example: Livongo Health, which uses smart devices to monitor patients with chronic conditions, has been selected to help employees manage diabetes and weight loss. Cynthia Koons, Bloomberg.com, "The Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan Health Venture Fails to Disrupt," 21 May 2020 Since then, millions of those tablets have been shipped to U.S. hospitals nationwide for use treating patients with COVID-19. Zeke Miller, Time, "President Trump Defends His Hydroxychloroquine Use Amid Concerns, Says 'So Far I Seem to Be OK'," 20 May 2020 The findings support anecdotal reports of physicians seeing fewer patients with acute medical conditions, including heart attacks, officials said. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: May 19," 20 May 2020 Finally, another study has shown enlargement of one of the heart's four chambers -- the right ventricle -- was the best predictor of which patients with severe Covid-19 infections were most likely to die. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for May 19: Vaccine, hydroxychloroquine, symptoms, EU, al Qaeda," 19 May 2020 Since then, millions of those tablets have been shipped to US hospitals nationwide for use treating patients with COVID-19. Jonathan Lemire, BostonGlobe.com, "My ‘decision to make’: Trump defends criticized use of drug," 19 May 2020 Millions of patients with scores of diseases are counting on these trials. WSJ, "Covid Focus Is Disrupting Other Medical Research," 18 May 2020 Uncertainty for our patients, our hospital/health system and for ourselves and our partners. Cincinnati Enquirer, "A look inside: Fighting COVID at Good Samaritan Hospital," 18 May 2020 Ten percent of those beds are occupied by patients with the coronavirus. Benita Mathew, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Church doors open on Sunday and congregations adjust as state cases rise by 356," 17 May 2020

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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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The first known use of patient was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Patient.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/patient. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for patient

patient

adjective
How to pronounce patient (audio)

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
How to pronounce patient (audio)

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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