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 Jessenia was forced to patiently wait for her turn (and endure an insulting two-on-one) before a last minute date with Matt only to get eliminated the same day. Martha Sorren,, "Jessenia, Pieper, & Abigail Have Bachelorette Potential — But Does The Show Even Deserve Them?," 16 Feb. 2021 Now, the rest of us will just have to try to wait patiently for the new cutie's name to be announced. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Headed Back to Frogmore Cottage With Their New Baby," 13 Feb. 2021 Others have a long leash and their masters wait patiently whenever an exciting smell detains the dog. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Tove Ditlevsen’s Art of Estrangement," 8 Feb. 2021 As a result, as people clamor to get in line for what represents the only real safety from a disease that has killed millions, plenty of individuals who have been vaccinated will wait patiently until they are told it’s safe to gather. New York Times, "The Vaccinated Class," 23 Jan. 2021 But there are dozens of hopeful hangers-on who weren’t able to get an appointment who nonetheless wait patiently for the end of the night to see whether there might be a dose or two leftover. Liz Hardaway,, "‘Not worth the risk’ — Large crowds gather each night at San Antonio vaccine sites hoping to snare any spare dose," 21 Jan. 2021 Defenders can get ahead of certain campaigns, because increasingly hackers will infiltrate a target network and then wait patiently to deploy their ransomware at the most strategic moment—meaning the most disadvantageous moment for victims. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Ransomware Is Headed Down a Dire Path," 29 Dec. 2020 In other words, fans will have to patiently wait until after the holiday season has wrapped up to find out what happens to Tobias. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'NCIS' Fans Are Horribly Disappointed Over the Latest Episode Announcement," 16 Dec. 2020 Two duck hunters in Florida had to patiently wait their turn after spotting a massive alligator snatch their quarry in a swamp last week. Fox News, "Florida duck hunters encounter ‘monster’ alligator snatching quarry, video shows," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of patiently

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Patiently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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