Definition of patience in English:


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  • 1The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

    ‘you can find bargains if you have the patience to sift through the dross’
    • ‘In my experience foreigners have no patience with this sort of thinking.’
    • ‘I made a third phone call a few days later, but their patience with me was obviously running out.’
    • ‘He is a decent hitter, has great patience at the plate and is defensively solid.’
    • ‘I was beginning to lose the little patience that I had left.’
    • ‘Sometimes this fact requires great patience on the part of people.’
    • ‘He has good patience at the plate for someone so inexperienced.’
    • ‘His first season here, though, would have tested the patience of a saint.’
    • ‘His tribulations at a sport at which he previously naturally excelled would have tried the patience of a saint.’
    • ‘Our local general practitioners have shown great patience and understanding when treating my son for minor ailments.’
    • ‘They are a point back and had to exercise extreme patience against their visitors.’
    • ‘Without their knowledge - and infinite patience - this story would not have happened.’
    • ‘Sometimes, to make a point, you have to stretch their patience to the limit.’
    • ‘"Just spit it out, " I commanded, feeling my patience grow thin.’
    • ‘My fingers played with my pulled up brown hair as my patience wore thin.’
    • ‘Do you really want to put your patience to the limit?’
    • ‘He demonstrated extraordinary patience as he posed for photographs and autographed all sorts of items.’
    • ‘For the remaining failures, I can only ask a reader's patience and forgiveness.’
    • ‘Each novel rewards the reader's patience, but in unexpected ways.’
    • ‘But his patience paid off, in the end, as it always did.’
    • ‘Eventually her patience paid off, and she was hired on as a professor.’
    forbearance, tolerance, restraint, self-restraint, resignation, stoicism, fortitude, sufferance, endurance
    perseverance, persistence, endurance, tenacity, diligence, assiduity, application, staying power, indefatigability, doggedness, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, obstinacy, insistence, singleness of purpose, purposefulness, pertinacity
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  • 2British Any of various forms of card game for one player, the object of which is to use up all one's cards by forming particular arrangements and sequences; solitaire.

    • ‘One sister has already nabbed the food and cards, and is sitting playing patience.’



/ˈpāSHəns/ /ˈpeɪʃəns/


    lose patience
    • Become unable to keep one's temper.

      ‘even Laurence finally lost patience with him’
      • ‘Gareth was slowly losing his patience and temper as he tried to get them to block each other's blows.’
      • ‘Rhea was close to losing her patience and her temper.’
      • ‘Just keep a cool head and don't lose your patience or your temper.’
      • ‘Or have you simply lost your patience and want to move to a liquid-crystal display monitor right away?’
      • ‘Okay, so you lost your patience, had him and lost him.’
      • ‘The meeting was delayed for about 30 minutes, until some alumni lost their patience.’
      • ‘We were attacked many times, but never lost our patience or belief in the peace process.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it seems the courts are losing their patience.’
      • ‘I really am losing my patience with the whole thing.’
      • ‘I was imperturbable at work, never losing my patience or raising my voice.’


Middle English from Old French, from Latin patientia, from patient- ‘suffering’, from the verb pati.