What does Doctor mean?

Definitions for Doctor
ˈdɒk tərdoc·tor

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Doctor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. doctor, doc, physician, MD, Dr., mediconoun

    a licensed medical practitioner

    "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"

  2. Doctor of the Church, Doctornoun

    (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching

    "the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages"

  3. doctornoun

    children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office

    "the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor"

  4. doctor, Dr.verb

    a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution

    "she is a doctor of philosophy in physics"

  5. sophisticate, doctor, doctor upverb

    alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive

    "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"

  6. doctorverb

    give medical treatment to

  7. repair, mend, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch onverb

    restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

    "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"


  1. doctornoun

    A person who has attained a doctorate, such as a Ph.D. or Th.D. or one of many other terminal degrees conferred by a college or university.

  2. doctornoun

    A physician; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick. The final examination and qualification may award a doctorate in which case the post-nominal letters are DO, DPM, MD, DMD, DDS, DPT, DC, in the US or MBBS in the UK.

    If you still feel unwell tomorrow, go see your doctor.

  3. doctornoun

    A veterinarian; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick.

  4. doctornoun

    A nickname for a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions.

  5. doctorverb

    To act as a medical doctor to.

    Her children doctored her back to health.

  6. doctorverb

    To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor.

  7. doctorverb

    To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior.

  8. doctorverb

    To genetically alter an extant species.

    Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored.

  9. doctorverb

    To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document.

    To doctor the signature of an instrument with intent to defraud is an example of forgery.

  10. Doctornoun

    The title of a doctor (whether medical or academic) used before the doctor's name. Abbreviation: Dr, Dr.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DOCTORnoun

    Etymology: doctor, Latin.

    No woman had it, but a civil doctor,
    Who did refuse three thousand ducats of me,
    And begg’d the ring. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Then stood there up one in the council, a pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of laws. Acts v. 34.

    Then subtle doctors scriptures made their pride,
    Casuists, like cocks, struck out each other’s eyes. John Denham.

    Each proselyte would vote his doctor best,
    With absolute exclusion to the rest. John Dryden, Hind and Panth.

    By med’cine life may be prolong’d, yet death
    Will seize the doctor too. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    How does your patient, doctor?
    —— Not so sick, my lord,
    As she is troubl’d with thick coming fancies. William Shakespeare, Macb.

    Children will not take those medicines from the doctor’s hand, which they will from a nurse or mother. Gov. of Tongue.

    To ’pothecaries let the learn’d prescribe,
    That men may die without a double bribe:
    Let them, but under their superiors, kill,
    When doctors first have sign’d the bloody bill. Dryden.

    He that can cure by recreation, and make pleasure the vehicle of health, is a doctor at it in good earnest. Collier.

    In truth, nine parts in ten of those who recovered, owed their lives to the strength of nature and a good constitution, while such a one happened to be the doctor. Jonathan Swift.

    The simplest person, that can but apprehend and speak sense, is as much judge of it as the greatest doctor in the school. Kenelm Digby, of Bodies.

  2. To Doctorverb

    To physick; to cure; to treat with medicines. A low word.

    Etymology: from the noun.



    ELIZA is an early natural language processing computer program created from 1964 to 1966 at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory by Joseph Weizenbaum. Created to demonstrate the superficiality of communication between humans and machines, Eliza simulated conversation by using a "pattern matching" and substitution methodology that gave users an illusion of understanding on the part of the program, but had no built in framework for contextualizing events. Directives on how to interact were provided by "scripts", written originally in MAD-Slip, which allowed ELIZA to process user inputs and engage in discourse following the rules and directions of the script. The most famous script, DOCTOR, simulated a psychotherapist of the Rogerian school (in which the therapist often reflects back the patient's words to the patient), and used rules, dictated in the script, to respond with non-directional questions to user inputs. As such, ELIZA was one of the first chatterbots and one of the first programs capable of attempting the Turing test.ELIZA's creator, Weizenbaum, regarded the program as a method to show the superficiality of communication between man and machine, but was surprised by the number of individuals who attributed human-like feelings to the computer program, including Weizenbaum's secretary. Many academics believed that the program would be able to positively influence the lives of many people, particularly those with psychological issues, and that it could aid doctors working on such patients' treatment. While ELIZA was capable of engaging in discourse, ELIZA could not converse with true understanding. However, many early users were convinced of ELIZA's intelligence and understanding, despite Weizenbaum's insistence to the contrary. Surprisingly, the original ELIZA source-code has been missing since the 1960s as it was not common to publish articles that included source code at this time. However, more recently the MAD-Slip source-code has now been discovered in the MIT archives and published on various platforms, such as archive.org. The source-code is of high historical interest as it demonstrates not only the specificity of programming languages and techniques at that time, but also the beginning of software layering and abstraction as a means of achieving sophisticated software programming.


  1. doctor

    A doctor is a licensed healthcare professional who has completed extensive studies and training in the field of medicine, and is qualified to diagnose, treat, and provide preventative advice for a wide range of health problems and diseases. Doctors can specialize in various areas such as cardiology, pediatrics, dermatology, psychiatry, etc. The term can also refer to holders of a doctorate degree in various academic fields.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Doctornoun

    a teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge learned man

  2. Doctornoun

    an academical title, originally meaning a men so well versed in his department as to be qualified to teach it. Hence: One who has taken the highest degree conferred by a university or college, or has received a diploma of the highest degree; as, a doctor of divinity, of law, of medicine, of music, or of philosophy. Such diplomas may confer an honorary title only

  3. Doctornoun

    one duly licensed to practice medicine; a member of the medical profession; a physician

  4. Doctornoun

    any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency; as, the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous coloring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also donkey engine

  5. Doctornoun

    the friar skate

  6. Doctorverb

    to treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart

  7. Doctorverb

    to confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor

  8. Doctorverb

    to tamper with and arrange for one's own purposes; to falsify; to adulterate; as, to doctor election returns; to doctor whisky

  9. Doctorverb

    to practice physic

  10. Etymology: [OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere to teach. See Docile.]


  1. Doctor

    The Doctor, an Emergency Medical Hologram Mark I, is a fictional character from the television series Star Trek: Voyager, played by actor Robert Picardo. The character also appeared in the now-closed Star Trek: The Experience Borg 4-D Adventure at the Las Vegas Hilton.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Doctor

    dok′tur, n. one who has received from a university the highest degree in a faculty: a physician: a medical practitioner: a cleric especially skilled in theology or ecclesiastical law.—v.t. to treat as a doctor does: to adulterate: to make alterations on: to falsify: to address as doctor: to create a doctor.—v.i. to take physic: to practise medicine.—adj. Doc′toral.—ns. Doc′torate, Doc′torship; Doc′toress, Doc′tress, a female physician.—Doctors' Commons, before the establishment of the Divorce Court and Probate Court in 1857, the college of the doctors of civil law in London, incorporated by royal charter in 1768; Doctor's stuff, medicine. [L., 'a teacher'—docere, to teach.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Doctor

    a title implying that the possessor of it is such a master of his art that he can teach it as well as practise it.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. doctor

    1. A person who has taken seriously the biblical injunction, "Physician, heel thyself!" 2. In Germany, a swashbuckler person with many scars, much admired by small boys and unhappily married ladies, and feared by shopkeepers.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. doctor

    A name which seamen apply to every medical officer. Also, a jocular name for the ship's cook.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Doctor

    There are three kinds of Doctors--of Law, Physic, and Divinity. The first and the last are essentially University degrees, with which the vulgar orders of the people have little or no acquaintance. They know only of one “Doctor,” the medical practitioner, and since he wears a frock coat and a silk hat he is entitled to all the respect that they can pay him.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Doctor is ranked #9384 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Doctor surname appeared 3,465 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Doctor.

    39.8% or 1,380 total occurrences were Black.
    38.1% or 1,320 total occurrences were White.
    10.5% or 367 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.3% or 186 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3% or 107 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3% or 105 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Doctor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1018

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Doctor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #782

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Doctor' in Nouns Frequency: #269

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Doctor in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Doctor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Doctor in a Sentence

  1. Mount Carmel:

    The actions instigated by this doctor were unacceptable and inconsistent with the values and practices of Mount Carmel, regardless of the reasons the actions were taken, we take responsibility for the fact that the processes in place were not sufficient to prevent these actions from happening. We're doing everything to understand how this happened and what we need to do to ensure it never happens again.

  2. Richard Schutzer:

    The best defense is a good offense, so as I said it’s not too late to get the vaccine yet, in addition, if you do have flu symptoms, let your doctor know. If they know within the first 48 hours there are several antiviral medications that they can start you on that not only decreases the duration of the disease, but also decreases severity of it.

  3. Salma Hayek:

    My doctor begged me to go to the hospital because it was so bad, i said, ‘No, thank you. I’d rather die at home.’.

  4. Oscar Stilley:

    The doctor is going to get sued, someone is going to get $10,000 off him. If that’s the law, I may as well get the money. If it’s not the law, let’s go to court and get it sorted out.

  5. Craig Garfield:

    We now realize the transition to fatherhood is an important developmental life stage for men’s health, it’s a magical moment where so many things change in a man’s life. Now the medical field needs to think about how can we help these men of child-rearing age who often don’t come to the doctor’s office for themselves.

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Translations for Doctor

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  • dokter, doktorAfrikaans
  • dɔkotaAkan
  • طبيبة, دُكْتور, طَبيبArabic
  • həkim, doktorAzerbaijani
  • ле́карка, ура́ч, ўрач, до́ктар, ле́карBelarusian
  • лекувам, доктор, лекарBulgarian
  • ডাক্তারBengali
  • metge, metgessaCatalan, Valencian
  • лорChechen
  • doktor, falzifikovat, lékařCzech
  • meddyg, meddygesWelsh
  • doktorere, doktor, læge, forfalskeDanish
  • Doktorin, Ärztin, Doktor, Mediziner, Arzt, doktorieren, MedizinerinGerman
  • ɖɔkta, atikewɔlaEwe
  • ιατρός, διδάκτορας, γιατρόςGreek
  • doktoro, virdoktoro, virkuracisto, kuracistino, kuracisto, doktorinoEsperanto
  • doctora, médico, doctor, médicaSpanish
  • arst, doktorEstonian
  • osagile, sendagileBasque
  • پزشک, دکتر, طبیبPersian
  • tohtori, lääkäri, tohtoroidaFinnish
  • docteur, médecinFrench
  • dochtúirIrish
  • ollamh, lèigh, dotair, lighicheScottish Gaelic
  • doutor, médicoGalician
  • דוקטור, רופא, רופאהHebrew
  • डाक्टर, डॉक्टर, चिकित्सकHindi
  • doktor, orvosnő, orvos, doktornőHungarian
  • բժիշկ, դոկտորArmenian
  • doktor, dokterIndonesian
  • doktoroIdo
  • læknir, doktorIcelandic
  • adulterare, falsificare, dottore, dottoressa, Dottor, medico, curare, medicare, addottorareItalian
  • 博士, 医者, -先生, 医師Japanese
  • დოქტორი, ექიმიGeorgian
  • dagitariKikuyu, Gikuyu
  • дәрігерKazakh
  • nakorsaqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • ពេទ្យ, គ្រូពេទ្យ, មើល, បណ្ឌិត, បរិញ្ញឯកKhmer
  • 醫師, 의사Korean
  • дарыгерKyrgyz
  • medica, medicusLatin
  • ແພດ, ທ່ານໝໍ, ຫມໍLao
  • daktaras, gydytojas, daktarėLithuanian
  • doktore, ārsts, ārste, doktorsLatvian
  • tākuta, rataMāori
  • лекарка, доктор, докторка, лекарMacedonian
  • эмчMongolian
  • doktorMalay
  • tabib, tabiba, dottor, dottoressaMaltese
  • ဆရာဝန်Burmese
  • valsificeren, dokter, dokteren, doctor, artsDutch
  • legeNorwegian
  • azeeʼííłʼíníNavajo, Navaho
  • mètgeOccitan
  • medyk, doktor, lekarz, lekarkaPolish
  • doutor, doutora, médicoPortuguese
  • mediRomansh
  • doctor, medic, doctorițăRomanian
  • до́ктор, врач, ле́карь, ме́дикRussian
  • datori, medicuSardinian
  • здравник, љекар, liječnica, лечник, лекарка, лијечник, vračitelj, dȍktorica, лечница, vračiteljica, liječnik, lekarka, врачитељица, zdravnik, lečnica, zdravnica, ljekarka, здравница, dȍktor, lekar, lečnik, љекарка, ljekar, лијечница, врачитељ, лекарSerbo-Croatian
  • දොස්තරSinhala, Sinhalese
  • doktor, lekárSlovak
  • zdravnik, doktorica, zdravnica, doktorSlovene
  • mjekAlbanian
  • ngakaSouthern Sotho
  • fiffla med, läkare, manipulera, doktorSwedish
  • dokta, daktariSwahili
  • மருத்துவர்Tamil
  • వైద్యుడుTelugu
  • табиб, пизишк, докторTajik
  • เวช, แพทย์, ปริญญาเอก, ดุษฎีบัณฑิต, หมอThai
  • ዶክተርTigrinya
  • врач, wraç, hekimTurkmen
  • doktorTagalog
  • ngakaTswana
  • doktor, hekim, tabipTurkish
  • доктор, табибTatar
  • تېۋىپ, دوختۇر, دوكتورUyghur, Uighur
  • лі́кар, до́кторUkrainian
  • ڈاکٹرUrdu
  • shifokor, doktor, tabibUzbek
  • tiến sĩ, bác sĩ y khoa, bác sĩVietnamese
  • hisanan, medinel, sanan, dokan, hidokan, jisanan, jidokan, sanel, dokelVolapük
  • medcén, méde, docteur, doctoresseWalloon
  • דאָקטאָר, דאָקטערYiddish
  • 医生Chinese
  • udokotela, umelaphi, inyanga, ugedlaZulu

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