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English definition of “impatient”

impatient

adjective uk   /ɪmˈpeɪ.ʃənt/ us  
B2 easily annoyed by someone's mistakes or because you have to wait: He's a good teacher, but inclined to be a bit impatient with slow learners. You'd be hopeless taking care of children - you're far too impatient! B2 wanting something to happen as soon as possible: He's got a lot of exciting ideas and he's impatient to get started. People are increasingly impatient for change in this country.
impatiently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
B2 "Yes, you said that before," she said impatiently. We were waiting impatiently for the show to begin (= wanting it to start).
(Definition of impatient from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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