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 Dach pulled a rebound away from Fleury and patiently slid backward before finding space in a wide-open net. Jimmy Greenfield,, "The Blackhawks never had defeated the Golden Knights, but Kirby Dach’s 1st career 2-point game leads the way in a 5-3 victory," 14 Nov. 2019 Once again, Toronto was the aggressor, controlling much of the possession, patiently knocking the ball around in Seattle’s half, waiting for an opening. Joel Petterson,, "Sounders dust Toronto FC in MLS Cup," 10 Nov. 2019 Lastly, check out and (patiently) wait for your purchase to arrive at your door. Teen Vogue, "Tarte Cosmetics Is Having A Huge Holiday Sale," 6 Nov. 2019 Nixon’s was an unsubtle appeal to one America — patiently patriotic in a time of growing war-time dissent — over another, and was divisive on purpose, if quietly so., "Fifty years ago Sunday night, President Richard M. Nixon sat in the Oval Office and delivered a nationally televised speech whose content is almost universally forgotten today, but, like so many major presidential addresses, is remembered for one phrase: “silent majority.’’," 3 Nov. 2019 The team the world was so used to seeing patiently probe were jumping at every opportunity to test their opponents at the back., "Barcelona 6-1 PSG: Remembering That Mad Midweek Miracle at Camp Nou," 30 Oct. 2019 Flynn praised the work of his young but maturing O-line that allowed the offense to patiently chew up the clock, while creating running lanes for the likes of Alex Argueta, Potts, Madden and anyone else that can help the ground game. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park hammers Baytown Sterling 49-14 to move into third place," 26 Oct. 2019 For those willing to sift patiently through the sediment, there are gems. Jessica Hooten Wilson, National Review, "A New Collection of Letters Feeds the Hunger for More Flannery O’Connor," 24 Oct. 2019 The training and coaching staffs gathered intel on Thoractic Outlet Syndrome and patiently went to work behind the scenes to fix what ailed Fultz. Mike Bianchi,, "Markelle Fultz might go down as greatest trade acquisition in Orlando Magic history | Commentary," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of patiently

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Nov 2019

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“Patiently.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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