doctor

noun
doc·​tor | \ ˈdäk-tər How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Definition of doctor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a Christianity : an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church

called also doctor of the church

b : a learned or authoritative teacher
c : a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (such as a PhD) conferred by a university Most of the college's faculty members are doctors in their fields. The class is being taught by Doctor Menzer.
d : a person awarded an honorary doctorate (such as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university
2a : a person skilled or specializing in healing arts especially : one (such as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice See your doctor if the condition worsens. an eye doctor doctors' bills
3a : material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect
b : a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface
4 : a person who restores, repairs, or fine-tunes things

doctor

verb
doctored; doctoring\ ˈdäk-​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Definition of doctor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give medical treatment to doctored her ailing husband
b : to restore to good condition : repair doctor an old clock
2a : to adapt or modify for a desired end by alteration or special treatment doctored the play to suit the audience The drink was doctored.
b : to alter deceptively accused of doctoring the election returns The pitcher tried to cheat by doctoring the baseball.

intransitive verb

1 : to practice medicine a career doctoring in the country
2 dialect : to take medicine

Other Words from doctor

Noun

doctoral \ ˈdäk-​t(ə-​)rəl How to pronounce doctor (audio) \ adjective
doctorless \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ləs How to pronounce doctor (audio) \ adjective
doctorship \ ˈdäk-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce doctor (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for doctor

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of doctor in a Sentence

Noun He needed medicine but refused to go to a doctor. She was under doctor's orders not to return to work. I saw her at the doctor's last week. How long will you be at the doctor? Most of the faculty members at this college are doctors in their fields. Dr. Smith, can you explain the exam requirements again? Verb They were accused of doctoring the company's financial records. a doctored photo of the actress I think somebody doctored the punch. He had time to doctor his wounds. She doctored the sick child until the physician arrived. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The idea is a doctor who’s a posh Park Avenue plastic surgeon. Gary Graff, cleveland, 9 May 2022 But then Friday evening, after Lodolo met with a team doctor, Reds manager David Bell said that it was determined that Lodolo wouldn't start on Saturday. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 7 May 2022 One year, Crawford wrote that his daughter, then 6, visited a doctor before a race. Kat Tenbarge, NBC News, 6 May 2022 In 2020, the Vancouver resident visited a doctor to get help for her depression. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 30 Apr. 2022 On Sunday evening, a doctor came to Garrett's room having reviewed his tests from the hospital. jsonline.com, 29 Apr. 2022 No matter the case, the task force recommends consulting a doctor before starting or stopping an aspirin regimen. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 29 Apr. 2022 In the film, Yang's character falls for a doctor, bringing him and his group of friends into a whole new social group including the Mr. Darcy figure, played by How to Get Away With Murder's Conrad Ricamora. Alexandra Schonfeld, PEOPLE.com, 25 Apr. 2022 According to one survey, 59% of people consider patient online reviews when choosing a doctor. Ajay Prasad, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sometimes there’s nothing to doctor, but the placebo effect of a Band-Aid cannot be overstated. Rachel Walker, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2019 Strandholt went to work and to doctor’s appointments but otherwise self-isolated as much as possible for fear of catching COVID-19. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 27 Feb. 2022 Novartis is betting that fewer visits to doctor offices for injection of PCSK9 antibodies more than justifies the higher price for Leqvio. John Lamattina, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Major League Baseball is finally going to enforce the rules that ban pitchers from using foreign substances to doctor the ball while on the mound, but some players think the new policy is an over-correction. Tim O'donnell, The Week, 15 June 2021 One of our most historically dependable faculties — sight — has been rendered unreliable as criminals — and cops — can doctor footage. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Oct. 2021 Those who worked on site spent less time going to doctor’s appointments and physical therapy, as fewer sick days were reported. Virginia Lau, Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Oct. 2021 That person could make sure Leslie took his 12 medications, drive the couple to doctor appointments and morning Mass, and prepare lunch. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Oct. 2021 The nonprofit supports local seniors living at home with programs to deliver prepared meals and groceries, and drive clients to doctor’s appointments, and prescription pickups. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of doctor

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1712, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for doctor

Noun and Verb

Middle English doctour teacher, doctor, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin doctor, from Latin, teacher, from docēre to teach — more at docile

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“Doctor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doctor. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for doctor

doctor

noun
doc·​tor | \ ˈdäk-tər How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Kids Definition of doctor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person (as a physician or veterinarian) skilled and specializing in the art of healing

doctor

verb
doctored; doctoring

Kids Definition of doctor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to use remedies on or for doctor a wound
2 : to practice medicine

doctor

noun
doc·​tor | \ ˈdäk-tər How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Medical Definition of doctor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university
b : a person awarded an honorary doctorate by a college or university
2 : a person skilled or specializing in healing arts especially : one (as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice

doctor

verb
doctored; doctoring\ -​t(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce doctor (audio) \

Medical Definition of doctor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to give medical treatment to
2 : castrate sense 1, spay have your pet cat doctored

intransitive verb

: to practice medicine

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