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patiencenoun [U]

uk   /ˈpeɪ.ʃəns/ us   /ˈpeɪ.ʃəns/
  • patience noun [U] (QUALITY)

B2 the ability to wait, or to continue doing something despite difficulties, or to suffer without complaining or becoming annoyed: You have to have such a lot of patience when you're dealing with kids. In the end I lost my patience and shouted at her. He's a good teacher, but he doesn't have much patience with the slower pupils. Making small-scale models takes/requires a great deal of patience. Their youngest son was beginning to try my patience (= annoy me). Patience - they'll be here soon!
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(Definition of patience from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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patiencenoun [U]

us   /ˈpeɪ·ʃəns/
the ability to accept delay, suffering, or annoyance without complaining or becoming angry: He’s a man of great patience. Her constant complaining was beginning to test/try my patience.
patient
adjective us   /ˈpeɪ·ʃənt/
Just be patient – dinner’s almost ready.
patiently
adverb us   /ˈpeɪ·ʃənt·li/
He waited patiently for his name to be called.
(Definition of patience from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “patience”
in Arabic صَبْر…
in Korean 참을성…
in Portuguese paciência…
in Catalan paciència…
in Japanese 忍耐力, 我慢強さ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 素质, 忍耐,耐心…
in Turkish sabırlılık, sabır, tahammül…
in Russian терпение, пасьянс…
in Chinese (Traditional) 素質, 忍耐,耐心…
in Italian pazienza…
in Polish cierpliwość, pasjans…
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“patience” in British English

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