Meaning of “patient” in the English Dictionary

"patient" in English

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patientnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt/ us /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt/

B1 a person who is receiving medical care, or who is cared for by a particular doctor or dentist when necessary:

I'm a patient of Dr Stephens; please could I make an appointment to see her?

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uk /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt/ 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.

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  • He's very patient with small children.
  • 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 your turn next!
  • I'm sure we'll hear something soon, you'll just have to be patient.
adverb uk /ˈpeɪ.ʃə us /ˈpeɪ.ʃə


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 receiving medical care, esp. in a hospital, or who is cared for by a particular doctor or dentist when necessary

(Definition of “patient” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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My report aims to answer both the legitimate concerns of thousands of women and the need to put patient safety first.
A patient died in an ambulance on the way to hospital because it too was not allowed to pass the checkpoint.
According to one study in my country, the death rate from cardiovascular diseases rises according to how far from the clinic the patient lives.
Direct patient reporting did not make it.
Finally, protecting the patient.
The patient is a customer.
I therefore consider that the question of patient mobility and of services in general should not be included in a general services directive.
We are being told, no, no, it is not dead, the patient is still alive, and the ratification process will continue.
More specifically, it is the use of services abroad, when a patient goes to where the provider is established in order to be treated.
The existing legislation on reimbursement of costs needs to be approximated, and there is an urgent need for a single legal framework on patient mobility.