Definition of patience in English:


Syllabification: pa·tience
Pronunciation: /ˈpāSHəns


1The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset: you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross
More example sentences
  • In my experience foreigners have no patience with this sort of thinking.
  • I made a third phone call a few days later, but their patience with me was obviously running out.
  • He is a decent hitter, has great patience at the plate and is defensively solid.
forbearance, tolerance, restraint, self-restraint, stoicism;
calmness, composure, equanimity, imperturbability, phlegm, understanding, indulgence
perseverance, persistence, endurance, tenacity, assiduity, application, staying power, doggedness, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness
2 chiefly British term for solitaire (sense 1).
More example sentences
  • One sister has already nabbed the food and cards, and is sitting playing patience.


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patientia, from patient- 'suffering', from the verb pati.


lose patience (or lose one's patience)

Become unable to keep one’s temper: even Lawrence finally lost patience with him
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  • Gareth was slowly losing his patience and temper as he tried to get them to block each other's blows.
  • Rhea was close to losing her patience and her temper.
  • Just keep a cool head and don't lose your patience or your temper.

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