pa·tient·ly | \ ˈpā-shənt-lē \

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

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Belgium is patiently probing the French defense, with Axel Witsel and Mousa Dembele both staying at home to protect the back three. Rory Smith, New York Times, "France, With Flash to Spare, Reaches the World Cup Final," 11 July 2018 Russian intelligence gains influence in foreign countries by operating subtly and patiently. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 The wasters ignored her on her way out, all of them still standing patiently in line. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Now 3-0 for the tournament, League City Red patiently just kept adding runs almost every inning while Fields was breezing on the hill. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "League City Red roasts League City White 12-2 to stay perfect at Pony 14s sectionals," 1 July 2018 The home side patiently passed looking for space to seize. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati beats Ottawa Fury FC 2-0 at Nippert, grows USL Eastern Conference lead," 30 June 2018 In the meantime, Hardaway said Merrillville town officials are waiting patiently to see what the future holds for that prime corner of real estate. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Iconic Star-Plaza Theatre demolition begins in Merrillville," 26 June 2018 Fortunately for Alpine staff, the Deadheads are a mellow bunch, with one patiently chomping on baby carrots and another wee Deadhead showing off her Hula-Hoop skills. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopened Alpine Valley Music Theatre splendid sight for splendid sounds of Dead & Company," 23 June 2018 But as mentioned above, Atlanta can patiently add pieces around its new star point guard and a forward in Collins that the Hawks also believe boasts All-Star potential. Jake Fischer,, "Trade Grades: Hawks Trade Luka Doncic to Mavericks For Trae Young and a Future First-Rounder," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of patiently

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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alleviating pain or harshness

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