a. A person who is licensed to practice medicine and has trained at a school of medicine or a school of osteopathic medicine; a physician.
b. Any of certain other healthcare professionals, such as a dentist, optometrist, chiropractor, podiatrist, or veterinarian.
2. A practitioner of alternative medicine or folk medicine who does not have traditional medical credentials.
a. A person who has earned the highest academic degree, usually a PhD, awarded by a college or university in a specified discipline.
b. A person awarded an honorary degree by a college or university.
4. Abbr. Dr. Used as a title and form of address for a person holding the degree of doctor.
5. Roman Catholic Church An eminent theologian.
6. A rig or device contrived for remedying an emergency situation or for doing a special task.
v. doc·tored, doc·tor·ing, doc·tors
1. Informal To give medical treatment to: “[He] does more than practice medicine. He doctors people. There’s a difference” (Charles Kuralt).
2. To repair, especially in a makeshift manner; rig.
a. To falsify or change in such a way as to make favorable to oneself: doctored the evidence.
b. To add ingredients so as to improve or conceal the taste, appearance, or quality of: doctor the soup with a dash of sherry.
c. To alter or modify for a specific end: doctored my standard speech for the small-town audience.
d. Baseball To deface or apply a substance to (the ball) in violation of the rules in order to throw a pitch with extraordinary movement: was ejected because he doctored the ball with a piece of sandpaper.
To practice medicine.
doc′tor·al (dŏk′tə-rəl, dŏk-tôr′əl) adj.
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1. (Medicine) a person licensed to practise medicine
2. (Education) a person who has been awarded a higher academic degree in any field of knowledge
3. (Veterinary Science) chiefly US and Canadian a person licensed to practise dentistry or veterinary medicine
4. (Dentistry) chiefly US and Canadian a person licensed to practise dentistry or veterinary medicine
5. (Theology) (often capital) Also called: Doctor of the Church 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
6. (Angling) angling any of various gaudy artificial flies
7. informal a person who mends or repairs things
8. (Cookery) slang a cook on a ship or at a camp
9. (Education) archaic a man, esp a teacher, of learning
10. (Metallurgy) 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
11. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (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
12. (Physical Geography) a cool sea breeze blowing in some countries: the Cape doctor.
13. go for the doctor slang Austral to make a great effort or move very fast, esp in a horse race
14. what the doctor ordered something needed or desired
a. to give medical treatment to
b. to prescribe for (a disease or disorder)
16. (Medicine) (intr) informal to practise medicine: he doctored in Easter Island for six years.
17. (tr) to repair or mend, esp in a makeshift manner
18. (tr) to make different in order to deceive, tamper with, falsify, or adulterate
19. (tr) to adapt for a desired end, effect, etc
20. (Veterinary Science) (tr) to castrate (a cat, dog, etc)
[C14: from Latin: teacher, from docēre to teach]
ˈdoctoral, doctorial adj
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1. a person licensed to practice medicine, as a physician, surgeon, dentist, or veterinarian.
2. a person who has been awarded a doctor’s degree.
3. any of several artificial angling flies.
4. an eminent scholar and teacher.
5. a person skilled in repairing or improving something broken or flawed.
6. to give medical treatment to; act as a physician to.
7. to treat (an ailment); apply remedies to.
8. to restore to original or working condition; repair.
9. to tamper with; falsify: to doctor the birthdate on a passport.
10. to tamper with the ingredients of (a food or drink) in order to improve flavor.
11. to revise, alter, or adapt for a specific purpose: to doctor a play.
12. to practice medicine.
[1275–1325; Middle English docto(u)r (< Anglo-French) < Latin, derivative of docēre to teach]
doc′tor•al, doc•to′ri•al (-ˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-) adj.
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, physician – Doctor is derived from Latin doctus, “having been taught; learned,” from docere, “to teach”; physician comes from Latin physica, “natural science; physics.”
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Past participle: doctored
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A person who has been awarded the highest academic degree in a particular subject by a college or university.
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