Definition of Doctor

1. Noun. A licensed medical practitioner. "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"

Exact synonyms: Doc, Dr., Md, Medico, Physician
Specialized synonyms: Abortionist, Allergist, Angiologist, Extern, Medical Extern, Gastroenterologist, General Practitioner, Gp, Hakeem, Hakim, House Physician, Resident, Resident Physician, Houseman, Intern, Interne, Medical Intern, Primary Care Physician, Quack, Medical Specialist, Specialist, Operating Surgeon, Sawbones, Surgeon, Vet, Veterinarian, Veterinary, Veterinary Surgeon
Generic synonyms: Medical Man, Medical Practitioner
Specialized synonyms: Abul-walid Mohammed Ibn-ahmad Ibn-mohammed Ibn-roshd, Averroes, Ibn-roshd, Abu Ali Al-husain Ibn Abdallah Ibn Sina, Avicenna, Ibn-sina, Barany, Robert Barany, Bartholin, Caspar Bartholin, Bruce, David Bruce, Sir David Bruce, Burrill Bernard Crohn, Crohn, Down, John L. H. Down, Christiaan Eijkman, Eijkman, Etienne-louis Arthur Fallot, Fallot, Gilbert, William Gilbert, Harvey, William Harvey, Hodgkin, Thomas Hodgkin, George Huntington, Huntington, Aletta Jacobs, Jacobs, Edward Jenner, Jenner, Harry F. Klinefelter, Harry Fitch Kleinfelter, Klinefelter, Clemence Sophia Harned Lozier, Lozier, Manson, Sir Patrick Manson, Franz Anton Mesmer, Friedrich Anton Mesmer, Mesmer, Paracelsus, Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus, Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus Von Hohenheim, Peter Mark Roget, Roget, Ross, Sir Ronald Ross, Benjamin Rush, Rush, Albert Schweitzer, Schweitzer, Anna Howard Shaw, Shaw, Simpson, Sir James Young Simpson, English Hippocrates, Sydenham, Thomas Sydenham, E. A. Von Willebrand, Erik Adolf Von Willebrand, Erik Von Willebrand, Von Willebrand, Willebrand
Group relationships: Doctor-patient Relation
Derivative terms: Doctorial

2. Verb. Alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive. "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"
Exact synonyms: Doctor Up, Sophisticate
Generic synonyms: Adulterate, Debase, Dilute, Load, Stretch

3. Noun. (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"

4. Verb. Give medical treatment to.
Category relationships: Medicine, Practice Of Medicine
Generic synonyms: Care For, Treat
Specialized synonyms: Vet

5. Noun. 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"
Generic synonyms: Child's Play, Play

6. Verb. Restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken. "The men doctor the chairs"; "Repair my shoes please"

7. Noun. A person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution. "She is a doctor of philosophy in physics"
Exact synonyms: Dr.
Generic synonyms: Bookman, Scholar, Scholarly Person, Student
Derivative terms: Doctoral, Doctorial

Definition of Doctor

1. n. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man.

2. v. t. To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart.

3. v. i. To practice physic.

Definition of Doctor

1. Noun. The title of a doctor (whether medical or academic) used before the doctor's name. '''Abbreviation''': Dr, Dr. ¹

2. Noun. 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. ¹

3. Noun. 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. ¹

4. Noun. A veterinarian; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick. ¹

5. Noun. A nickname for a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To act as a medical doctor to. ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To genetically alter an extant species. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document. ¹

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Definition of Doctor

1. to treat medically [v -ED, -ING, -S] : DOCTORLY [adj]

Medical Definition of Doctor

1. 1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge learned man. "One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel." (Bacon) 2. 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. One duly licensed to practice medicine; a member of the medical profession; a physician. "By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death Will seize the doctor too." (Shak) 4. 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 colouring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also donkey engine. 5. The friar skate. Doctors' Commons. See Commons. Doctor's stuff, physic, medicine. Doctor fish, any fish of the genus Acanthurus; the surgeon fish; so called from a sharp lancetlike spine on each side of the tail. Also called barber fish. See Surgeon fish. Origin: OF. Doctur, L. Doctor, teacher, fr. Docere to teach. See Docile. 6. To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart. 7. To confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor. 8. To tamper with and arrange for one's own purposes; to falsify; to adulterate; as, to doctor election returns; to doctor whisky. Origin: Doctored; Doctoring. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Doctor

docosapentaenoic acid
docosatetraenoic acid
doctor (current term)
doctor's bill
doctor's degree
doctor's orders
doctor-patient relation
doctor up
doctoral thesis

Literary usage of Doctor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sons and Lovers by David Herbert Lawrence (1922)
"The doctor came. Leonard felt it his duty to him with a cab. The examination did not take Annie, Arthur, Paul, and Leonard were waiting i parlour anxiously. ..."

2. The Atlantic Monthly by Making of America Project (1860)
"Come close up to me, doctor!" The doctor drew his chair close up to that of the old ... doctor, nobody mns'n' never marry our Elsie 's long 's she lives! ..."

3. The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance by Herbert George Wells (1897)
"... writing in his study until the shots aroused him. Crack, crack, crack, they came one after the other. " Hullo! " said doctor Kemp, putting his pen into ..."

4. The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore by Thomas Moore (1910)
"doctor Slop, upon subjects divine, Such bedlamite slaver lets drop, That, if Eady should take ... 2 Alluding to the display of this doctor's name, in chalk, ..."

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