(noun, verb)


1. a licensed medical practitioner

- I felt so bad I went to see my doctor

Similar word(s): doc, medico, physician

Definition categories: person

2. (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching

- the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages

Definition categories: person, theologian, theologist, theologizer

3. children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office

- the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor

Definition categories: act, play

4. a person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution

- she is a doctor of philosophy in physics

Definition categories: person, bookman, scholar, student

Sentences with doctor as a noun:

- If you still feel unwell tomorrow, see your doctor.

- the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous colouring matter

- the doctor, or auxiliary engine, also called "donkey engine"


1. alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive

Similar word(s): sophisticate

Definition categories: change, adulterate, debase, dilute, load, stretch

2. give medical treatment to

Definition categories: body, treat

3. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

Similar word(s): bushel, fix, mend, repair, restore

Definition categories: change, ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Sentences with doctor as a verb:

- Her children doctored her back to health.

- They doctored their apple trees by vigorous pruning, and now the dwarfed trees are easier to pick.

- We may legally doctor a pet to reduce its libido.

- Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored.

- To doctor the signature of an instrument with intent to defraud is an example of forgery.