Definition of impatient adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪmˈpeɪʃnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpeɪʃnt//
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  1. 1  annoyed or irritated by somebody/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. 2  wanting 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
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the senses ‘lacking patience’ and ‘unbearable’): via Old French from Latin impatient- ‘not bearing, impatient’, from in- ‘not’ + pati ‘suffer, bear’ .Extra examples Sean was a little impatient at the time Valerie devoted to her mother. She’s getting impatient about the delays. Sometimes he is very impatient with his wife. The children were growing impatient. I’d been waiting for twenty minutes and I was getting impatient.
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