Definition of patience in English:



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


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