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"patient" in British English

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patientnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt/
B1 a ​person who is ​receivingmedicalcare, or who is ​cared for by a ​particulardoctor or ​dentist when ​necessary: I'm a patient of Dr Stephens; ​please could I make an ​appointment to ​see her?
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patientadjective

uk   us   /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt/
B1 having ​patience: Dinner will be ​ready in ​half an ​hour - just be patient! Be patient with her - she's very ​young.
Opposite
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  • He's very patient with ​smallchildren.
  • I could never be a ​teacher, I'm just not patient enough.
  • If you could just be patient for a few more ​minutes, someone will be with you ​shortly.
  • Be patient - it's ​yourturn next!
  • I'm ​sure we'll ​hear something ​soon, you'll just have to be patient.
patiently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
B2 There was a ​queue of ​people waiting patiently for the ​bus to ​arrive.
(Definition of patient from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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patientnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpeɪ·ʃənt/
a ​person who is ​receivingmedicalcare, esp. in a ​hospital, or who is ​cared for by a ​particulardoctor or dentist when ​necessary
(Definition of patient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “patient”
in Korean 참을성있는…
in Arabic صَبور…
in Malaysian bersabar…
in French patient…
in Russian терпеливый…
in Chinese (Traditional) 病人…
in Italian paziente…
in Turkish sabırlı, tahammüllü…
in Polish cierpliwy…
in Spanish paciente, sufrido…
in Vietnamese kiên nhẫn…
in Portuguese paciente…
in Thai อดทน…
in German geduldig…
in Catalan pacient…
in Japanese 忍耐強い, 気が長い…
in Chinese (Simplified) 病人…
in Indonesian sabar…
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