Definition of Doctor in English :

Define Doctor in English

Doctor meaning in English

Meaning of Doctor in English

Pronunciation of Doctor in English

Doctor pronunciation in English

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1. doc, doctor, dr., md, medico, physician

a licensed medical practitioner

Example Sentences:
'I felt so bad I went to see my doctor'

2. doctor, doctor of the church

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

Example Sentences:
'the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages'

3. doctor

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

Example Sentences:
'the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor'

4. doctor, dr.

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

Example Sentences:
'she is a doctor of philosophy in physics'


5. doctor, doctor up, sophisticate

alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive

Example Sentences:
'Sophisticate rose water with geraniol'

6. doctor

give medical treatment to

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

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

Example Sentences:
'She repaired her TV set'
'Repair my shoes please'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of doctor
a person licensed to practise medicine
a person who has been awarded a higher academic degree in any field of knowledge
3. mainly US and Canadian
a person licensed to practise dentistry or veterinary medicine
4. Also called: Doctor of the Church (often capital)
a title given to any of several of the leading Fathers or theologians in the history of the Christian Church down to the late Middle Ages whose teachings have greatly influenced orthodox Christian thought
5. angling
any of various gaudy artificial flies
6. informal
a person who mends or repairs things
7. slang
a cook on a ship or at a camp
8. archaic
a man, esp a teacher, of learning
a device used for local repair of electroplated surfaces, consisting of an anode of the plating material embedded in an absorbent material containing the solution
(in a paper-making machine) a blade that is set to scrape the roller in order to regulate the thickness of pulp or ink on it
a cool sea breeze blowing in some countries
the Cape doctor
12.  go for the doctor
13.  what the doctor ordered
14. (transitive)
to give medical treatment to
to prescribe for (a disease or disorder)
15. (intransitive) informal
to practise medicine
he doctored in Easter Island for six years
16. (transitive)
to repair or mend, esp in a makeshift manner
17. (transitive)
to make different in order to deceive, tamper with, falsify, or adulterate
18. (transitive)
to adapt for a desired end, effect, etc
19. (transitive)
to castrate (a cat, dog, etc)

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see synonyms of doctor
1.  Archaic
a teacher or learned man
a person who holds a doctorate
a physician or surgeon (MD)
a person licensed to practice any of the healing arts, as an osteopath, dentist, veterinarian, etc.
5.  [D-]
a title used in addressing any person who holds a doctorate
a witch doctor or medicine man
a makeshift device, apparatus, etc., for emergency use
a bright-colored artificial fly used in fishing
verb transitive Informal
to try to heal; apply medicine to
to repair; mend
to make suitable or improve by altering in a certain way
to tamper with or change in order to deceive
to doctor accounts
verb intransitive
13.  Informal
to practice medicine
14.  US, Dialectal
to undergo medical treatment, take medicine, etc.

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of doctor
a. A person who is licensed to practice medicine and has trained at a school of medicine or a school of osteopathic medicine; a physician.
b. Any of certain other healthcare professionals, such as a dentist, optometrist, chiropractor, podiatrist, or veterinarian.
2. A practitioner of alternative medicine or folk medicine who does not have traditional medical credentials.
a. A person who has earned the highest academic degree, usually a PhD, awarded by a college or university in a specified discipline.
b. A person awarded an honorary degree by a college or university.
4. Abbr. Dr. Used as a title and form of address for a person holding the degree of doctor.
5. Roman Catholic Church An eminent theologian.
6. A rig or device contrived for remedying an emergency situation or for doing a special task.
v. doc·tored, doc·tor·ing, doc·tors
1. Informal To give medical treatment to: "[He] does more than practice medicine. He doctors people. There's a difference" (Charles Kuralt).
2. To repair, especially in a makeshift manner; rig.
a. To falsify or change in such a way as to make favorable to oneself: doctored the evidence.
b. To add ingredients so as to improve or conceal the taste, appearance, or quality of: doctor the soup with a dash of sherry.
c. To alter or modify for a specific end: doctored my standard speech for the small-town audience.
d. Baseball To deface or apply a substance to (the ball) in violation of the rules in order to throw a pitch with extraordinary movement: was ejected because he doctored the ball with a piece of sandpaper.
To practice medicine.

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