pa·​tience | \ ˈpā-shən(t)s How to pronounce patience (audio) \

Definition of patience

1 : the capacity, habit, or fact of being patient
2 chiefly British : solitaire sense 2

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Examples of patience in a Sentence

To be a biographer is a somewhat peculiar endeavor. It seems to me it requires not only the tact, patience, and thoroughness of a scholar but also the stamina of a horse. — Nancy Milford, Vanity Fair, August 2001 … in this time of bioethical conundrums, it is good to know that patience, good will, and personal morality will untie far more intellectual knots than the disarray of rancor, conflict, and special interests … — Sherwin B. Nuland, New Republic, 13 Dec. 1999 Mind-numbing delays and irrelevant search results are enough to try the patience of the most saintly Web surfers. — Neil Gross et al., Business Week, 14 June 1999 After a while, their ideological certitudes tried the patience of their own peoples … — Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., New Yorker, 16 Nov. 1992 I don't have the patience to wait in line for hours just to buy a ticket. Investors need to have patience. The economy will improve soon. She treated her students with great patience and humor. I don't have the patience to do crossword puzzles. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The artist’s brother and wife were among his most frequent subjects—the new exhibit suggests that few others had the patience to model for his long, strenuous sessions. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 15 June 2022 What Brentford has focused on over the last several years is a culture that understands itself and has the patience to be a work in progress. Chris Foster, Forbes, 8 June 2022 His process requires collaboration with actors who have the patience, time and communal spirit to develop a film together. Peter Debruge, Variety, 31 May 2022 Davis, who prepared for the fight in South Florida with longtime trainers Calvin Ford and Kenny Ellis, seems to have little patience for Romero’s antics and less respect for his talent. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 27 May 2022 Lizzy’s mother Jean (New York stage treasure Maryann Plunkett) is separated from her husband and has little patience for his quirks. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 The occasional disruption will be forgiven, but few have patience for unlimited barking no matter how adorable the source. Karla L. Miller, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 Most important, have patience and take a lot of shots at different aspects of light and angles, and then single out the best one. oregonlive, 4 May 2022 Having chosen another candidate, the base would likely have much less patience for attempts by Trump to sabotage the nominee and help the Democrats keep the White House. Philip Klein, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of patience

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for patience

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23 Jun 2022

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“Patience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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pa·​tience | \ ˈpā-shəns How to pronounce patience (audio) \

Kids Definition of patience

: the ability to remain calm when dealing with a difficult or annoying situation, task, or person A person will need patience to do this work.

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