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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’
forbearance, tolerance, restraint, self-restraint, resignation, stoicism, fortitude, sufferance, enduranceperseverance, persistence, endurance, tenacity, diligence, assiduity, application, staying power, indefatigability, doggedness, determination, resolve, resolution, resoluteness, obstinacy, insistence, singleness of purpose, purposefulness, pertinacityView synonyms
- ‘I made a third phone call a few days later, but their patience with me was obviously running out.’
- ‘For the remaining failures, I can only ask a reader's patience and forgiveness.’
- ‘Without their knowledge - and infinite patience - this story would not have happened.’
- ‘He demonstrated extraordinary patience as he posed for photographs and autographed all sorts of items.’
- ‘He has good patience at the plate for someone so inexperienced.’
- ‘"Just spit it out, " I commanded, feeling my patience grow thin.’
- ‘I was beginning to lose the little patience that I had left.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘His first season here, though, would have tested the patience of a saint.’
- ‘Our local general practitioners have shown great patience and understanding when treating my son for minor ailments.’
- ‘But his patience paid off, in the end, as it always did.’
- ‘Sometimes this fact requires great patience on the part of people.’
- ‘Do you really want to put your patience to the limit?’
- ‘Each novel rewards the reader's patience, but in unexpected ways.’
- ‘Eventually her patience paid off, and she was hired on as a professor.’
- ‘They are a point back and had to exercise extreme patience against their visitors.’
- ‘Sometimes, to make a point, you have to stretch their patience to the limit.’
- ‘His tribulations at a sport at which he previously naturally excelled would have tried the patience of a saint.’
- ‘In my experience foreigners have no patience with this sort of thinking.’
2Britishchiefly British term for solitaire (sense 1)
- ‘One sister has already nabbed the food and cards, and is sitting playing patience.’
lose patience (or lose one's patience)
Become unable to keep one's temper.‘even Lawrence finally lost patience with him’
- ‘We were attacked many times, but never lost our patience or belief in the peace process.’
- ‘I really am losing my patience with the whole thing.’
- ‘The meeting was delayed for about 30 minutes, until some alumni lost their patience.’
- ‘I was imperturbable at work, never losing my patience or raising my voice.’
- ‘Just keep a cool head and don't lose your patience or your temper.’
- ‘Unfortunately, it seems the courts are losing their patience.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Rhea was close to losing her patience and her temper.’
- ‘Gareth was slowly losing his patience and temper as he tried to get them to block each other's blows.’
Middle English: from Old French, from Latin patientia, from patient- ‘suffering’, from the verb pati.
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