Meaning of “impatient” in the English Dictionary

"impatient" in British English

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uk /ɪmˈpeɪ.ʃənt/ us /ɪmˈpeɪ.ʃənt/

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.

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adverb uk /ɪmˈpeɪ.ʃə us /ɪmˈpeɪ.ʃə


"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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us /ɪmˈpeɪ·ʃənt/

not willing to wait for something to happen and becoming annoyed at delays:

Don’t be impatient, you’ll get your turn.
She grew impatient with the others.

Impatient can also mean eager for something to happen:

[ + to infinitive ] He was impatient to become the new boss.
noun [ U ] us /ɪmˈpeɪ·ʃəns/

The horse snorted with impatience.
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)