Meaning of “patience” in the English Dictionary

"patience" in British English

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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!
Opposite

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  • I'm sorry but my patience is wearing thin.
  • My patience is beginning to run out.
  • He has the patience of a saint with those kids.
  • I'm afraid he's exhausted my patience.
  • He kept on crying and I lost my patience.

(Definition of “patience” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"patience" in American English

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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)