Definition of doctor in English:

doctor

Line breaks: doc¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈdɒktə
 
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noun

  • 1A person who is qualified to treat people who are ill: [as title]: Doctor Thornhill
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    • It had resulted in asthma being the most common chronic illness treated by doctors in general practice.
    • These patients are treated by primary care doctors in outpatient clinics.
    • Most patients are seen and treated by primary care doctors, who may be unfamiliar with the condition.
    Synonyms
    physician, medical practitioner, medical man, medical woman, clinician, doctor of medicine, MD; Navy surgeon
    informal doc, medic, medico, quack
    archaic leech, sawbones
  • 1.1North American A qualified dentist or veterinary surgeon.
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    • A veterinary doctor by profession, he began his love affair with Nila about 25 years ago.
    • Then she hired an autorickshaw and took me to a veterinary doctor.
    • A veterinary doctor attended on her, but the symptoms continued.
  • 1.2 [with modifier] informal A person employed to make improvements or give advice: the script doctor rewrote the original
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    • Nowadays it often seems as if studios employ script doctors not to remove four-letter words but to add them.
    • This is the story of New York city date doctor employed by socially-inept men to help orchestrate their first three dates with the women of their dreams.
    • I turned to the hair doctor for advice.
  • 2 (Doctor) A person who holds the highest university degree: he was made a Doctor of Divinity
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    • This week Glasgow Caledonian University is making him an Honorary Doctor of Letters.
    • Last Wednesday, he was made a Doctor of Music at the University of St Andrews.
    • He studied in St. Nathy's College, Ballaghaderreen and later graduated as a Doctor of Science.
  • 2.1 short for Doctor of the Church.
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    • It was not until after the Council of Trent that popes began to add new doctors of the church at regular intervals.
    • Bede was recognized as a doctor of the church by Pope Leo XIII in 1899.
    • Local saints are frequently included, as well as figures of general importance, apostles, and doctors of the Church.
  • 2.2 archaic A teacher or learned person: the wisest doctor is gravelled by the inquisitiveness of a child
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    • The learned doctors of the Great Vehicle teach us that the essential characteristic of the universe is its emptiness.
  • 3 Angling An artificial fishing fly.

verb

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  • 1Change the content or appearance of (a document or picture) in order to deceive; falsify: the reports could have been doctored
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    • The company claims he doctored documents to cover his tracks.
    • He suggested a senior lecturer had doctored documents for the purpose of an employment tribunal.
    • To add some visual appeal and an element of authenticity, there were photos doctored appropriately using digital technology.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1Alter the content of (food or drink) by adding strong or harmful ingredients: he denied doctoring Stephen’s drinks
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    • I think that third-world countries can benefit from GM foods, because these doctored foods can provide the nutrients that these deprived people need to stay alive.
    • We get hold of some, find a sheep and doctor its food.
    • Places where men can band together and consume meat are now either heavily policed, or the meat is doctored to lessen its impact.
    Synonyms
    adulterate, contaminate, taint, tamper with, lace, mix, dilute, water down, thin out, weaken
    informal spike, dope, cut, slip a Mickey Finn into
    rare vitiate
  • 1.2 Cricket & Baseball Tamper with (a ball) so as to affect its flight when bowled or pitched: fast bowlers were doctoring the ball
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    • He doctored a ball over the course of two weeks by pounding it with a bat, soaking it in soapy water, and finally coating it with white shoe polish to make it look like new.
    • Check out what the pitcher said after being accused of doctoring the ball.
    • Whether it's pitchers doctoring baseballs, batters corking bats or electricians creating an eye in the sky cheating system, historically, individuals and teams sometimes do whatever is necessary to gain an edge.
  • 2 (usually as noun doctoring) • informal Treat (someone) medically: he contemplated giving up doctoring
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    • It's much better to let that person be doctored.
    • Carter, who regularly doctored his people, had enormous respect for Nassaw's ability as a physician, for, in truth, Nassaw was one of the finest surgeons in colonial Virginia.
    • His great love, after doctoring, was sailing, mainly off the west coast of Scotland, in almost any weather, in a boat built to his design by his elder brother.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1Remove the sexual organs of (an animal) so that it cannot reproduce: the dog was doctored
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    • Wait until your pet is doctored and feeling more like their cheery, upbeat self.
    • Over the past year, about twice the usual number of cats and dogs were doctored.
  • 2.2Repair (a machine): ex-fleet cars which have been doctored

Phrases

be (just) what the doctor ordered

informal Be very beneficial or desirable under the circumstances: a 2-0 victory is just what the doctor ordered
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  • A media-savvy leader with a vision, with seriousness of purpose, with honesty and decisiveness as his strongest points, a diplomat par excellence, he is exactly what the doctor ordered.
  • The style is apparently a cross between ancient tragedy and TV news, which sounds like exactly what the doctor ordered for a sultry summer weeknight.
  • Meantime, let's just say that London is exactly what the doctor ordered - in other words, I am very happy to be here.

go for the doctor

Australian /NZ informal Make an all-out effort: he will go for the doctor in Parliament next week
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  • It's good to see the Freo Farmers go for the doctor when the doggies started snapping at their heels.
  • When he ‘went for the doctor’ to scoop up a dropped ‘hospital pass’ and then sprinted 75 metres for a solo try, it meant that the top Rugby side had the Cup in its keeping.

Derivatives

doctorly

adjective
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  • Walk away under the guise of having urgent doctorly business to take care of instead of just admitting to total incompetence.
  • I took my hand and touched his chest, hoping he would think it was some type of doctorly thing instead of what it really was… checking out his body.
  • Just as the doctor extended his hands, protected by rubber gloves, to hold me up and do his doctorly deeds, my mother took her last breath, and slipped away from this world into the next.

Origin

Middle English (in the senses 'learned person' and 'Doctor of the Church'): via Old French from Latin doctor 'teacher' (from docere 'teach').

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