therapist

noun

ther·​a·​pist ˈther-ə-pist How to pronounce therapist (audio)
1
: an individual specializing in the therapeutic medical treatment of impairment, injury, disease, or disorder
especially : a health-care professional trained in methods of treatment and rehabilitation other than the use of drugs or surgery
These simple range-of-motion exercises are often prescribed by physical, occupational, or hand therapists for people with hand OA [=osteoarthritis]. Food & Fitness Advisor
To help the baby interact with his family, a speech therapist taught everyone—including Justin's twin brother, Jeffery—hand signals and games. Michele Blecher
2
: a practitioner of psychotherapy : a psychotherapist
Again, it is important for the therapist to recognize that regression is normative due to the extreme stress of separation and divorce.Nathan W. Turner

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Two days later, the same massage therapist allegedly raped another customer, who, police said, fled the massage table naked in her bid to escape. Andrea Estes, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2023 When needed or requested, the therapist will take a more active role by talking with their patient, reassuring them or holding their hand with consent. Danica Jefferies, NBC News, 26 Dec. 2022 Particularly unique to Sensei is the Thermal Body Mapping and Massage featuring thermographic technology that generates an image of muscle tightness and pain, giving the therapist a roadmap of the areas that need the most attention. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 20 Dec. 2022 The therapist put him on a hold at Aurora Charter Oak Behavioral Health Care in Covina. Doug Smithsenior Writer, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2022 Hazel said children primarily keep to the same therapist. Donna St. George, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2022 May, who is listed as a senior specialist, charges $850 while an appointment with the salon’s master therapist, Michelle Wu costs $1,200. Daisy Maldonado, Glamour, 2 Dec. 2022 The therapist recommended that the family move, Lemar recalled. Kartikay Mehrotra, ProPublica, 19 Nov. 2022 The therapist concluded that knowing his mom would be good for the child. jsonline.com, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of therapist was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Therapist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/therapist. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

therapist

noun
ther·​a·​pist ˈther-ə-pəst How to pronounce therapist (audio)
: a person who specializes in therapy
especially : a person trained in methods of treatment other than the use of drugs or surgery
a speech therapist

Medical Definition

therapist

noun
ther·​a·​pist ˈther-ə-pəst How to pronounce therapist (audio)
: a person specializing in therapy
especially : one trained in methods of treatment and rehabilitation other than the use of drugs or surgery

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