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doctor

Noun

1 a licensed medical practitioner; "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor" [syn: doc, physician, MD, Dr., medico]
2 (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the othodoxy of their theological teaching; "the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages" [syn: Doctor of the Church]
3 children take the roles of doctor or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the doctor's office; "the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor"
4 a person who holds Ph.D. degree from an academic institution; "she is a doctor of philosophy in physics" [syn: Dr.]

Verb

1 alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol" [syn: sophisticate, doctor up]
2 give medical treatment to
3 restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please" [syn: repair, mend, fix, bushel, furbish up, restore, touch on] [ant: break]

User Contributed Dictionary

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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK): /ˈdɒktə/, /"dQkt@/

Etymology

From docere "to teach, to cause to accept," from the root *dek- "(cause to) accept", other derivatives of which, and that preserve the IE. root and meaning, include dogma (via ) and discipline (via ). Other English language words descended from L. docere include document, doctrine and docent.

Noun

  1. 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 MD in the US.
    If you still feel unwell tomorrow, go and see your doctor.
  2. 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.
  3. A veterinarian; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick.

Usage notes

  • Doctor is capitalized when used as a title:
    Doctor Smith

Synonyms

Translations

physician
person who has attained a doctorate
veterinarian

Related terms

  • Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.)
  • Doctor of Arts (D.A.)
  • Doctor of Architecture (D.Arch.)
  • Doctor of Applied Science (D.A.S.)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
  • Doctor of Chemistry (D.Chem.)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.)
  • Doctor of Criminal Justice (D.C.J.)
  • Doctor of Comparative/Civil Law (D.C.L.)
  • Doctor of Computer Science (D.C.S.)
  • Doctor of Criminology (D.Crim.)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)
  • Doctor of Design (Dr.DES.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Environmental Design (D.E.D.)
  • Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.)
  • Doctor of Environment (D.Env.)
  • Doctor of Engineering Science (D.E.Sc./Sc.D.E.)
  • Doctor of Forestry (D.F.)
  • Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.)
  • Doctor of Geological Science (D.G.S.)
  • Doctor of Hebrew Literature/Letters (D.H.L.)
  • Doctor of Health and Safety (D.H.S.)
  • Doctor of Hebrew Studies (D.H.S.)
  • Doctor of Industrial Technology (D.I.T.)
  • Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.)
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
  • Doctor of Library Science (D.L.S.)
  • Doctor of Music (D.M.)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A., A.Mus.D.)
  • Doctor of Musical Education (D.M.E.)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min./D.M.)
  • Doctor of Modern Languages (D.M.L.)
  • Doctor of Music Ministry (D.M.M.)
  • Doctor of Medical Science (D.M.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Physical Education (D.P.E.)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Doctor of Public Health (D.P.H.)
  • Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.)
  • Doctor of Religious Education (D.R.E.)
  • Doctor of Recreation (D.Rec./D.R.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc./Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Science in Dentistry (D.Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Science and Hygiene (D.Sc.H.)
  • Doctor of Science in Veterinary Medicine (D.Sc.V.M.)
  • Doctor of Sacred Music (D.S.M.)
  • Doctor of Social Science (D.S.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Social Work (D.S.W.)
  • Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.)
  • Doctor of the Science of Law (L.Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Rehabilitation (Rh.D.)
  • Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.)
  • Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
  • Doctor of the University (D.Univ)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Doctor (D.V.M./V.M.D)
  • Divinitatis Doctor, Doctor of Divinity (D.D.)
  • Juris Doctor, Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • Optometry Doctor, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
  • Legum Doctor, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)
  • Literarum Doctor, Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.)
  • Medicine Doctor, Doctor of Medicine (M.D./D.M.)
  • Music Doctor, Doctor of Music (D.Mus.)

Verb

  1. To act as a (medical) doctor to.
  2. To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor.
  3. To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document.

Derived terms

Translations

act as a medical doctor to
award the title of doctor to
alter or make obscure, in order to deceive

Romanian

Etymology

doctor, docteur or Doktor

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. doctor

Declension

Related terms

See also

Spanish

Noun

  1. doctor

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Doctor(s) may refer to:

Academic title

  • A person who holds a research doctorate (e.g. Ph.D.) in an academic discipline

Professional title

Persons

Fictional characters

Expressive works

doctor in French: Docteur (homonymie)
doctor in Lithuanian: Daktaras
doctor in Japanese: ドクター
doctor in Polish: Doktor
doctor in Russian: Доктор
doctor in Albanian: Doktori
doctor in Slovak: Doktor
doctor in Ukrainian: Доктор (значення)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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