Patient meaning

pāshənt
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The definition of patient is waiting calmly for however long is needed.

An example of patient is waiting two hours to see the vet without protest.

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Patient is defined as someone under medical care.

An example of patient is someone having her throat checked by a doctor.

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Tolerant; understanding.

An unfailingly patient leader and guide.

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Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness.
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Marked by or exhibiting calm endurance of pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance.
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Persevering; constant.

With patient industry, she revived the failing business and made it thrive.

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Able to wait calmly for something desired.
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The word or words designating the person or thing affected by the action of the verb.
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One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
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A noun or noun phrase identifying one that is acted upon or undergoes an action.
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Showing or characterized by patience.

A patient face.

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A person receiving care or treatment, esp. from a doctor.
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Capable of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive.
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Capable of bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance.
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Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness.
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One who receives medical attention, care, or treatment.
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Content to wait if necessary; not losing one's temper while waiting.

Be patient: your friends will arrive in a few hours.

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Constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent.

Patient endeavour.

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A person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person.
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(linguistics, grammar) The noun or noun phrase that is semantically on the receiving end of a verb's action.

The subject of a passive verb is usually a patient.

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One who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient.
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One who suffers.
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Bearing or enduring pain, trouble, etc. without complaining or losing self-control.
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Refusing to be provoked or angered, as by an insult; forbearing; tolerant.
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Calmly tolerating delay, confusion, inefficiency, etc.
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Steady; diligent; persevering.

A patient worker.

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Receiving action; passive.
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A person who receives an action.
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  • Capable of bearing (fatigue, thirst, etc.).
  • Admitting of or having (a certain meaning).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of patient

  • Middle English pacient from Old French from Latin patiēns patient- present participle of patī to endure pē(i)- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin patiens, present participle of pati (“to suffer, endure"); akin to Greek πάσχειν (paskhein, “to suffer"); see pathos, from Proto-Indo-European *pÄ“(i)- "to hurt" [Pokorny pÄ“(i)- 792].

    From Wiktionary