- 1The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed or anxious: you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the rubbish I have run out of patience with herMore example sentences
forbearance, tolerance, restraint, self-restraint, resignation, stoicism, fortitude, sufferance, endurance; calmness, composure, even temper, even-temperedness, equanimity, equilibrium, serenity, tranquillity, imperturbability, unexcitability, understanding, indulgence, lenience, kindness, consideration• rare longanimity, inexcitabilityperseverance, persistence, endurance, tenacity, diligence, assiduity, application, staying power, indefatigability, doggedness, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, obstinacy, insistence, singleness of purpose, purposefulness, pertinacity
- 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.
- 2British Any of various forms of card game for one player, the object of which is to use up all one’s cards by forming particular arrangements and sequences.More example sentences
- One sister has already nabbed the food and cards, and is sitting playing patience.
lose patience (or lose one's patience)
- Become unable to keep one’s temper: even Laurence finally lost patience with himMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patientia, from patient- 'suffering', from the verb pati.