pa·​tient·​ly ˈpā-shənt-lē How to pronounce patiently (audio)
: 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 Hundreds of ships patiently lined up for days while the world’s freight traffic just stopped? Abc News, ABC News, 30 Aug. 2023 Cat Power, whose real name is Chan Marshall, sat patiently off to the side, waiting her turn to record. Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 Singleton showed off his speed and cutting ability on 12 scoring runs while Allen patiently pounded his way for 10. Travis Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 21 Aug. 2023 At Jiffy Lube Live amphitheater in Virginia Friday – a couple of weeks into the tour that will wrap Aug. 20 in Concord, California – a generation-spanning crowd patiently awaited the trio of acts after a lengthy lightning delay. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 29 July 2023 The entire continent of Australia had been waiting not so patiently for the moment that finally arrived in the 63rd minute of Wednesday night’s Women’s World Cup semifinal between Australia and England. Jenny Vrentas, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2023 Those watching the weigh-ins, many of whom clutched an alcoholic drink, waited patiently for big fish to arrive, shouting their support. Hayes Gardner, Baltimore Sun, 11 Aug. 2023 Since then, the star has continuously been praised for her crowd-pleasing vocals, wardrobe and choreography (which even daughter Blue Ivy, 11, has gotten in on) as fans patiently await the visuals for her seventh studio album. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 24 July 2023 The Tokyo Olympics silver medalist had to patiently, but urgently, work her way back into the mix. oregonlive, 6 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of patiently was in the 14th century

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“Patiently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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