|1.||[ noun ] (medicine) a person who requires medical care|
"the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly"
|Related terms:||case sick_person inpatient hypochondriac alexic analysand vaccinee index_case outpatient nurse-patient_relation doctor-patient_relation|
|2.||[ adjective ] enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance|
"a patient smile" "was patient with the children" "an exact and patient scientist" "please be patient"
|Related terms:||impatient diligent forbearing tolerant unhurried enduring tolerant uncomplaining|
|3.||[ noun ] (grammar) the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause|
|4.||[ adjective ] enduring without protest or complaint|