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Meaning of “impatient” in the English Dictionary

"impatient" in British English

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impatientadjective

uk   us   /ɪmˈpeɪ.ʃənt/
B2 easilyannoyed by someone's ​mistakes or because you have to ​wait: He's a good ​teacher, but ​inclined to be a ​bit impatient withslowlearners. 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 ​excitingideas and he's impatient to get ​started. People are ​increasingly impatient forchange in this ​country.

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impatiently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"impatient" in American English

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impatientadjective

 us   /ɪmˈpeɪ·ʃənt/
not ​willing to ​wait for something to ​happen and ​becomingannoyed at ​delays: Don’t be impatient, you’ll get ​yourturn. She ​grew impatient with the ​others. Impatient can also ​meaneager for something to ​happen: [+ to infinitive] He was impatient to ​become the new ​boss.
impatience
noun [U]  us   /ɪmˈpeɪ·ʃəns/
The ​horsesnorted with impatience.
impatiently
adverb  us   /ɪmˈpeɪ·ʃənt·li/
Unable to ​sleep, he ​waited impatiently for the ​dawn to ​arrive.
(Definition of impatient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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