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patient Syllabification: pa·tient
Pronunciation: /ˈpāSHənt/

Definition of patient in English:


Able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious: be patient, your time will come
More example sentences
  • The people of Gloucester must have been affected by the patient suffering of their pastor.
  • The Foss Basin is always a safe bet at this time of year and pike anglers have been reaping the rewards of a patient approach.
  • This time, they are taking a more patient approach.
forbearing, uncomplaining, tolerant, resigned, stoical;
calm, composed, even-tempered, imperturbable, unexcitable, accommodating, understanding, indulgent
informal unflappable, cool
persevering, persistent, tenacious, indefatigable, dogged, determined, resolved, resolute, single-minded
formal pertinacious


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1A person receiving or registered to receive medical treatment.
Example sentences
  • This could also open the way for hospitals to start charging patients for treatment.
  • Hospital chiefs insist no patient suffered worse treatment because of the scandal.
  • It could see patients being banned from treatment for up to a year in severe cases.
sick person, case;
invalid, convalescent, outpatient, in-patient
2 Linguistics The semantic role of a noun phrase denoting something that is affected or acted upon by the action of a verb.


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

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