patiently

adverb
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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Despite the freezing temperatures, lots of fans had waited patiently for the royals to arrive, and they weren't disappointed. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Greeting Children in the Snow Will Melt Your Heart," 1 Feb. 2019 Tamron already has supporters from all over the country, who have been patiently waiting for her comeback. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "All the Details About Tamron Hall's New Show You Need to Know," 22 Jan. 2019 For crowd control and security, visitors this year to Piazza Navona patiently underwent metal detector checks and authorities limited those entering the vast oval space to no more than 12,000 at a time. NBC News, "Pope on Epiphany says don’t make money, career your whole life," 6 Jan. 2018 For crowd control and security, visitors this year to Piazza Navona patiently underwent metal detector checks and authorities limited those entering the vast oval space to no more than 12,000 at a time. Time, "Pope Francis Gives Career Advice During Epiphany Remarks," 6 Jan. 2018 Waiting patiently in the crowd outside of St. Mary Magalene church in Sandringham on Christmas Day, Instagram user @jessxscarlett held up a sign featuring her social media handle. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "We All Missed Meghan Markle Embracing an Old Instagram Friend on Christmas Day," 28 Dec. 2018 As 2018 comes to a close, Stranger Things fans continue to wait (somewhat) patiently for season 3. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New Stranger Things 3 teaser confirms 2019 release, reveals episode titles," 10 Dec. 2018 Good news for parents who have been waiting patiently for the ever-popular Ryan's World Giant Mystery Egg to come back in stock: Even after the biggest shopping weekend of the year, the hot holiday toy is now available online. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Ryan's World Giant Golden Egg Is Back in Stock at Walmart," 27 Nov. 2018 Her mother, Isabelle—a breathtaking performance by the exquisite Glenn Close—is patiently waiting to speak with her. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Meet the Actress Whose Joan of Arc Bob Is Making Waves Off Broadway," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of patiently

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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