A doctor of medicine.
- The definition of a doctor is someone with a doctorate or someone licensed to practice a healing art.
- An example of doctor is a professer with a doctorate in education.
- An example of doctor is a pediatrician.
- To doctor is defined as to alter, repair or change in order to mislead.
- An example of to doctor is adding salt to a bland meal.
- An example of to doctor is a waiter changing the tip amount on a signed credit card bill.
- Archaic a teacher or learned man
- a person who holds a doctorate
- a physician or surgeon
- a person licensed to practice any of the healing arts, as an osteopath, dentist, veterinarian, etc.
- a title used in addressing any person who holds a doctorate
- a witch doctor or medicine man
- a makeshift device, apparatus, etc., for emergency use
- a bright-colored artificial fly used in fishing
Origin of doctorMiddle English doctour, teacher, learned man ; from Old French or ; from Classical Latin doctor, teacher ; from past participle of docere, to teach: see decent
- to try to heal; apply medicine to
- to repair; mend
- to make suitable or improve by altering in a certain way
- to tamper with or change in order to deceive: to doctor accounts
- Informal to practice medicine
- ⌂ Dial. to undergo medical treatment, take medicine, etc.
- a. A person who is licensed to practice medicine and has trained at a school of medicine, chiropractic, optometry, podiatry, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.b. A practitioner of alternative medicine or folk medicine who does not have traditional medical credentials.
- a. A person who has earned the highest academic degree, usually a PhD, awarded by a college or university in a specified discipline.b. A person awarded an honorary degree by a college or university.
- Abbr. Dr. Used as a title and form of address for a person holding the degree of doctor.
- Roman Catholic Church An eminent theologian.
- A rig or device contrived for remedying an emergency situation or for doing a special task.
verbdoc·tored, doc·tor·ing, doc·tors
- Informal To give medical treatment to: “[He] does more than practice medicine. He doctors people. There's a difference” (Charles Kuralt).
- To repair, especially in a makeshift manner; rig.
- a. To falsify or change in such a way as to make favorable to oneself: doctored the evidence.b. To add ingredients so as to improve or conceal the taste, appearance, or quality of: doctor the soup with a dash of sherry.c. To alter or modify for a specific end: doctored my standard speech for the small-town audience.d. Baseball To deface or apply a substance to (the ball) in violation of the rules in order to throw a pitch with extraordinary movement: was ejected because he doctored the ball with a piece of sandpaper.
verb, intransitive Informal
Origin of doctorMiddle English, an expert, authority, from Old French docteur, from Latin doctor, teacher, from docēre, to teach; see dek- in Indo-European roots.
- A physician; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick. The final examination and qualification may award a doctor degree in which case the post-nominal letters are D.O., DPM, M.D., DMD, DDS, DPT, DC, in the US or MBBS in the UK.
- If you still feel unwell tomorrow, see your doctor.
- A person who has attained a doctorate, such as a Ph.D. or Th.D. or one of many other terminal degrees conferred by a college or university.
- A veterinarian; a medical practitioner who treats animals.
- A nickname for a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions.
- (dated) Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency.
- the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous colouring matter
- the doctor, or auxiliary engine, also called "donkey engine"
- A fish, the friar skate.
- Doctor is capitalized when used as a title:
- Doctor Smith
(third-person singular simple present doctors, present participle doctoring, simple past and past participle doctored)
- To act as a medical doctor to.
- Her children doctored her back to health.
- To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor; to confer a doctorate upon.
- To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior.
- They doctored their apple trees by vigorous pruning, and now the dwarfed trees are easier to pick.
- We may legally doctor a pet to reduce its libido.
- To genetically alter an extant species.
- Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored.
- To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document.
From Middle English doctor, doctour (“an expert, authority on a subject”), from Anglo-Norman doctour, from Latin doctor (“teacher”), from doceō (“I teach”). Displaced native Middle English lerare (“doctor, teacher”) (from Middle English leren (“to teach, instruct”) from Old English lǣran, lēran (“to teach, instruct, guide”), compare Old English lārēow (“teacher, master”)).
- The title of an academic or medical doctor (a person who holds a doctorate); used before the doctor's name.
- The students asked to see Doctor Jones.
- Doctor Smith carried out the medical procedure.
- Well, Doctor, what do you think? Will he live?