1. [ noun ] (medicine) a person who requires medical care

"the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly"

Related terms: case sick_person inpatient hypochondriac alexic analysand vaccinee index_case outpatient nurse-patient_relation doctor-patient_relation
2. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: impatient diligent forbearing tolerant unhurried enduring tolerant uncomplaining
3. [ noun ] (grammar) 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
Synonyms: patient_role affected_role
Related terms: participant_role
4. [ adjective ] enduring without protest or complaint
Related terms: uncomplaining
Similar spelling:   patiently