Definition of "doctor" []

  • A person, especially a physician, dentist, or veterinarian, trained in the healing arts and licensed to practice. (noun)
  • A person who has earned the highest academic degree awarded by a college or university in a specified discipline. (noun)
  • A person awarded an honorary degree by a college or university. (noun)
  • Used as a title and form of address for a person holding the degree of doctor. (noun)
  • Roman Catholic Church An eminent theologian. (noun)
  • A person licensed to practise medicine (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person who has been awarded a higher academic degree in any field of knowledge (noun)
  • A person licensed to practise dentistry or veterinary medicine (noun)
  • 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 (noun)
  • Any of various gaudy artificial flies (noun)
  • A person who mends or repairs things (noun)
  • A cook on a ship or at a camp (noun)
  • A man, esp a teacher, of learning (noun)
  • A device used for local repair of electroplated surfaces, consisting of an anode of the plating material embedded in an absorbent material containing the solution (noun)
  • (in a paper-making machine) a blade that is set to scrape the roller in order to regulate the thickness of pulp or ink on it (noun)
  • A cool sea breeze blowing in some countries (noun)
  • To give medical treatment to (verb)
  • To prescribe for (a disease or disorder) (verb)
  • To practise medicine (verb)
  • To repair or mend, esp in a makeshift manner (verb)
  • To make different in order to deceive, tamper with, falsify, or adulterate (verb)
  • To adapt for a desired end, effect, etc (verb)
  • To castrate (a cat, dog, etc) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "doctor" in a sentence
  • "He took the degree of doctor of theology, and seems to have received the complimentary title of _doctor mirabilis_."
  • "This is often confusing to many who limit their use of the term doctor to refer to medical physicians, such as psy­chiatrists and cardiologists."
  • "OZ: The word "doctor" comes from the Latin word for teacher, and like any teacher/pupil relationship, it is a two-way street and I learn much from my patients especially about these topics, so I encourage viewers to talk openly with their physicians about this and actually push their doctors a little bit to open up about integrative therapies including, prayer and meditation."