pa·​tient·​ly | \ ˈpā-shənt-lē How to pronounce patiently (audio) \

Definition of patiently

: in a patient manner : with calmness or without complaint or hurry in spite of delays, difficulties, tedium, etc. The bank customers waited patiently for the next teller. She very patiently answered all our questions. It wasn't until I was in my late teens, when my brother Caleb patiently taught me to play racquetball, that I realized I was coordinated enough to participate in athletic endeavors.— Rhoda Janzen

Examples of patiently in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Debussy theater waited in line patiently for an hour under the blazing afternoon sun and could barely contain their impatience as festival director Thierry Fremaux introduced the event. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 May 2022 Last week about 2,000 people paid to attend not a game, but an awards night at the team’s home arena, where long lines of fans waited patiently for a meet-and-greet with the players. Brian T. Brown, NBC News, 15 May 2022 The Steelers patiently waited for Pickett to fall to them at No. 20. cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 For two years, the Simons waited patiently to find out who slipped a noose into their truck during the summer of 2020, when the biracial couple took part in the Black Lives Matter movement surrounding George Floyd's death. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 27 Apr. 2022 Flush with salary cap space again, Indianapolis waited patiently to make its splash in free agency. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Apr. 2022 Flush with salary cap space again, Indianapolis waited patiently to make its splash in free agency. Joel A. Erickson, USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2022 In the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, a small boy waited patiently for his father to complete his secret ballot by hand. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 10 Apr. 2022 On a recent Sunday evening at Cleveland’s Beachland Ballroom, a crowd waited patiently to hear local blues guitarist Austin Walkin’ Cane perform. John Canale, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of patiently

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2022

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“Patiently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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