Meaning of “patient” in the English Dictionary

"patient" in British 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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patientadjective

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.
patiently
adverb uk /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt.li/ us /ˈpeɪ.ʃənt.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

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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)