patient Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “patient” in the English Dictionary

"patient" in British English

See all translations

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?
More examples

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
More examples
  • 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)

"patient" in American English

See all translations

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…
What is the pronunciation of patient?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
faith school

a school that is financially supported by a particular religious group, usually for children from that religion

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More