WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
doc•tor /ˈdɑktɚ/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- a person licensed to practice medicine.
- Educationa person who has been awarded a doctor's degree, the highest degree that can be offered by a university.
doc•tor•al, adj. [before a noun]She was the first doctoral candidate in linguistics from that school.See -doc-.
- to give medical treatment (to);
act as a physician (to): [~ + object]She doctored him back to health.[no object]He'd been doctoring since before we were born.
- to change falsely;
falsify:[~ + object]to doctor the birthdate on a passport.
- to change or tamper with the ingredients of (a food or drink):[~ + object]to doctor his drink with sedatives.
(dok′tər),USA pronunciation n.
- a person licensed to practice medicine, as a physician, surgeon, dentist, or veterinarian.
- Educationa person who has been awarded a doctor's degree:He is a Doctor of Philosophy.
- ReligionSee Doctor of the Church.
- Slang Terms[Older Slang.]a cook, as at a camp or on a ship.
- Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]any of various minor mechanical devices, esp. one designed to remedy an undesirable characteristic of an automatic process.
- [Angling.]any of several artificial flies, esp. the silver doctor.
- an eminent scholar and teacher.
- to give medical treatment to; act as a physician to:He feels he can doctor himself for just a common cold.
- to treat (an ailment);
apply remedies to:He doctored his cold at home.
- to restore to original or working condition;
mend:She was able to doctor the chipped vase with a little plastic cement.
- to tamper with;
falsify:He doctored the birthdate on his passport.
- to add a foreign substance to;
adulterate:Someone had doctored the drink.
- to revise, alter, or adapt (a photograph, manuscript, etc.) in order to serve a specific purpose or to improve the material:to doctor a play.
- Educationto award a doctorate to:He did his undergraduate work in the U.S. and was doctored at Oxford.
(dok′tər),USA pronunciation adj.
doc′tor•al•ly, doc•to′ri•al•ly, adv.
- to practice medicine.
- Slang Terms[Older Use.]to take medicine;
receive medical treatment.
- Metallurgy(of an article being electroplated) to receive plating unevenly.
- Latin, equivalent. to doc(ēre) to teach + -tor -tor
- Middle English docto(u)r ( 1275–1325
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doctor /ˈdɒktə/ n
- a person licensed to practise medicine
- a person who has been awarded a higher academic degree in any field of knowledge
- chiefly US Canadian a person licensed to practise dentistry or veterinary medicine
- 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
- any of various gaudy artificial flies
- informal a person who mends or repairs things
- slang a cook on a ship or at a camp
- archaic a man, esp a teacher, of learning
- a cool sea breeze blowing in some countries: the Cape doctor
- go for the doctor ⇒ Austral slang to make a great effort or move very fast, esp in a horse race
- what the doctor ordered ⇒ something needed or desired
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin: teacher, from docēre to teachˈdoctoral, doctorial /dɒkˈtɔːrɪəl/ adj
- (transitive) to give medical treatment to
- (intransitive) informal to practise medicine
- (transitive) to repair or mend, esp in a makeshift manner
- (transitive) to make different in order to deceive, tamper with, falsify, or adulterate
- (transitive) to adapt for a desired end, effect, etc
- (transitive) to castrate (a cat, dog, etc)
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