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patient

adjective pa·tient \ ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of patient

1 :bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
2 :manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
3 :not hasty or impetuous
4 :steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity
5 a :able or willing to bear used with of
b :susceptible, admitting
  • patient of one interpretation

patiently

adverb

Examples of patient in a Sentence

  1. To pry apart violent Islamic radicals, the United States has to become knowledgeable about internal cleavages and be patient in exploiting them. —Samantha PowerNew York Times Book Review29 July 2007
  2. I pack them into the compartment for a visit, pack till it's full far beyond capacity and weep with them, share with them my scanty bit of good fortune, tell them I care, tell them be patient, tell them I'm on their side … —John Edgar WidemanHarper'sDecember 2003
  3. There's no sense being patient with people who make you wait, because they'll only make you wait longer the next time. —Andrew A. RooneyAnd More by Andy Rooney(1979) 1982
  4. I hate having to stand in long lines. I'm just not very patient.

  5. The teacher treated her students in a patient and understanding way.

  6. “Aren't you finished yet?” “Be patient. I'll be done soon.”

  7. Proofreading requires patient attention to detail.

  8. They put in years of patient labor on the project.

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Origin and Etymology of patient

Middle English pacient, from Anglo-French, from Latin patient-, patiens, from present participle of pati to suffer; perhaps akin to Greek pēma suffering


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patient

noun pa·tient \ ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of patient

1 a :an individual awaiting or under medical care and treatment
  • cancer patients
  • psychiatric patients
b :the recipient of any of various personal services
2 :one that is acted upon
  • are agents as well as patients and observers in the world
  • —C. H. Whiteley

Examples of patient in a Sentence

  1. Several patients were waiting to see the doctor.

  2. the nurse asked the patient to change into a paper gown

Recent Examples of patient from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of patient

patient Synonyms



PATIENT Defined for English Language Learners

patient

adjective

Definition of patient for English Language Learners

  • : able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people

  • : done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying


patient

noun

Definition of patient for English Language Learners

  • : a person who receives medical care or treatment


PATIENT Defined for Kids

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patient

adjective pa·tient \ ˈpā-shənt \

Definition of patient for Students

:able to or showing the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person
  • a patient response
  • a patient teacher

patiently

adverb

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patient

noun

Definition of patient for Students

:a person under medical care or treatment

Medical Dictionary

patient

noun pa·tient \ ˈpā-shənt \

medical Definition of patient

1 :a sick individual especially when awaiting or under the care and treatment of a physician or surgeon
  • the hospital is equipped to handle 500 patients
2 :a client for medical service (as of a physician or dentist)
  • a good practice with a large number of patients


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