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Definition of impatient adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1annoyed or irritated by someone or something, especially because you have to wait for a long time I'd been waiting for twenty minutes and I was getting impatient. impatient (with somebody/something) Try not to be too impatient with her. impatient (at something) Sarah was becoming increasingly impatient at their lack of interest. An impatient driver behind me sounded his horn. He waved them away with an impatient gesture.
  2. 2wanting to do something soon; wanting something to happen soon impatient to do something She was clearly impatient to leave. impatient for something impatient for change
  3. 3impatient of somebody/something (formal) unable or unwilling to accept something unpleasant impatient of criticism
noun [uncountable] She was bursting with impatience to tell me the news.
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adverb We sat waiting impatiently for the movie to start.
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