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 With zero juniors declaring as of now, here’s how Texas’ top seniors are shaping up on NFL draft boards: Devin Duvernay, senior WR The Sachse standout patiently waited for his turn to be the guy at Texas. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "NFL draft status update: See where Texas prospects like Collin Johnson, Brandon Jones are being projected," 15 Jan. 2020 For those who have donned the same style for years, and are waiting patiently to purchase the coat that’s just right, now’s the time to strike. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "New Year, New Winter Coat: 15 On-Sale Styles to Shop Before They’re Gone," 27 Dec. 2019 Poway is one of the last major holdouts, and Capretz, executive director of the small nonprofit Climate Action Campaign, is patiently waiting for the city to update its general plan. San Diego Union-Tribune, "How Nicole Capretz became the climate-change maven of San Diego," 14 Oct. 2019 The San Francisco Giants will wait patiently for the 2017 All-Star to heal. Janie Mccauley, The Denver Post, "Giants add former Grandview pitcher Kevin Gausman, trade for Zack Cozart," 11 Dec. 2019 Eight dogs waited patiently in line to see Santa Claus on Monday afternoon at the Bass Pro Shops in Leeds. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "Alabama facility dogs take a break from court to see Santa," 5 Dec. 2019 Coral patiently waits and is so tolerant and understanding of the environment around her. Jennifer Shapiro-sacks,, "Character Counts: Christa McAuliffe Middle student has ‘calming effect’ on peers and teachers," 20 Nov. 2019 And the center of this nonstop festival of pain is Jabba, who waits patiently for minions to bring incidents in front of him. Darren Franich,, "Return of the Jedi," 6 Nov. 2019 Fans Dancing With the Stars have been patiently waiting to see who would get the first perfect score of this season. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Ally Brooke Scored the First Perfect Score of 'DWTS' With a Dance to Her New Song," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of patiently

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2020

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“Patiently.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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