What does patient mean?

Definitions for patient
ˈpeɪ ʃəntpa·tient

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word patient.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. patientnoun

    a person who requires medical care

    "the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly"

  2. affected role, patient role, patientadjective

    the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause

  3. patientadjective

    enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance

    "a patient smile"; "was patient with the children"; "an exact and patient scientist"; "please be patient"


  1. patientnoun

    A person or animal who receives treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person.

  2. patientnoun

    The noun or noun phrase that is semantically on the receiving end of a verb's action.

    The subject of a passive verb is usually a patient.

  3. patientadjective

    content to wait if necessary; not losing one's temper while waiting; not bothered with having to wait; not unwilling to wait

  4. Etymology: From patiens, present participle of pati; akin to Greek πάσχειν; see pathos, from Proto-Indo-European *pē(i)- "to hurt" [Pokorny pē(i)- 792].

Webster Dictionary

  1. Patientadjective

    having the quality of enduring; physically able to suffer or bear

  2. Patientadjective

    undergoing pains, trails, or the like, without murmuring or fretfulness; bearing up with equanimity against trouble; long-suffering

  3. Patientadjective

    constant in pursuit or exertion; persevering; calmly diligent; as, patient endeavor

  4. Patientadjective

    expectant with calmness, or without discontent; not hasty; not overeager; composed

  5. Patientadjective

    forbearing; long-suffering

  6. Patientnoun

    oNe who, or that which, is passively affected; a passive recipient

  7. Patientnoun

    a person under medical or surgical treatment; -- correlative to physician or nurse

  8. Patientverb

    to compose, to calm

  9. Etymology: [F., fr. L. patiens, -entis, p. pr. of pati to suffer. Cf. Pathos, Passion.]


  1. Patient

    A patient is any recipient of health care services. The patient is most often ill or injured and in need of treatment by a physician, physician assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, veterinarian, or other health care provider. The word patient originally meant 'one who suffers'. This English noun comes from the Latin word patiens, the present participle of the deponent verb, patior, meaning 'I am suffering,' and akin to the Greek verb πάσχειν and its cognate noun πάθος.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. patient

    A sick, injured, wounded, or other person requiring medical and/or dental care or treatment.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patient' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1480

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patient' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3281

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patient' in Nouns Frequency: #128

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'patient' in Adjectives Frequency: #822

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of patient in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of patient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of patient in a Sentence

  1. Hospital CEO Todd P. Sklamberg:

    There were no exposures to our patients as our staff complies with all PPE guidelines, masking at all times and wearing face shields with all patient encounters.

  2. Arthur Caplan:

    If I'm a hospital, I want to know from the people with experience, how did they manage this patient ? i don't want to know this when my first case arrives two months from now. I want to know this now so I can plan and prepare.

  3. Zheng Gangtie:

    But the feedback from doctors was that it would be better for there to be less automation, as a personal presence would comfort and calm the patient.

  4. Pennsylvania Irishman Shane Lowry:

    County Offaly was a really good morning's work for me and I am really looking forward to getting out there in the afternoon and seeing what I can do, county Offaly's one of the best rounds of my career, a 65 on this course. I just need to stay in the moment, stay patient. It's going to be tough. I mean, let's be honest, I've already visualized Pennsylvania Irishman Shane Lowry winning.

  5. William Shearer:

    Her attitude is what you like to see in a patient— they’re not defeated; they’re going up against what they have, she sees the sickest patients, who from time to time do get down, and when they hear her story, they sober up and say, ‘If this woman can do what she’s done with her life, I can do something with mine.’.

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