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doctor

noun [C]  /ˈdɑk·tər/ ( abbreviation Dr.) us  

doctor noun [C] (MEDICINE)

a person with a medical degree whose job is to treat people who are ill or injured: This health plan lets you choose your own doctor.

doctor noun [C] (EDUCATION)

a person who has one of the highest-ranking degrees given by a university

doctor

verb [T]  /ˈdɑk·tər/ us  

doctor verb [T] (CHANGE)

to change something in order to deceive people: He claimed the photo had been doctored.
Translations of “doctor”
in Korean 의사…
in Arabic طَبيْب…
in French docteur/-eure…
in Turkish hekim…
in Italian medico, dottore, -essa…
in Chinese (Traditional) 醫學, 醫生,大夫…
in Russian врач…
in Polish lekarz…
in Spanish médico, doctor…
in Portuguese médico, -a, doutor…
in German der Doktor…
in Catalan metge, -essa…
in Japanese 医者…
in Chinese (Simplified) 医学, 医生,大夫…
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