Definition of patience noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪʃns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪʃns//
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  1. 1  patience (with somebody/something) the ability to stay calm and accept a delay or something annoying without complaining She has little patience with (= will not accept or consider) such views. People have lost patience with (= have become annoyed about) the slow pace of reform. I have run out of patience with her. My patience is wearing thin. Teaching children with special needs requires patience and understanding. You’d try the patience of a saint!
  2. 2  the ability to spend a lot of time doing something difficult that needs a lot of attention and effort It takes time and patience to photograph wildlife. I don't have the patience to do jigsaw puzzles.
  3. 3 (British English) (North American English solitaire) a card game for only one player
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin patientia, from patient- ‘suffering’, from the verb pati.Extra examples He has little patience for people who don’t work. Her patience snapped and she walked out. His advisers are trying to counsel patience. I find it hard to keep my patience with them. I have little patience with fundamentalists of any kind. It is clear that they are out of patience with me. Meg could see Kirk’s patience was running out, so she shut up. Our patience was finally rewarded and we got the band’s autographs. She listened with infinite patience to his excuses. The children were beginning to try my patience. The fans were losing patience with the team. These endless meetings are enough to tax the patience of a saint. They thanked him for showing so much patience. We eventually ran out of patience with him. We eventually ran out of patience with his childish behaviour. People have lost patience with the slow pace of reforms. She has little patience with such views.Idioms the quality of being extremely patient and not complaining You need the patience of Job to deal with some of our customers. From Job, a man in the Bible who experienced much suffering, including losing his family, his home and his possessions, but continued to believe in and trust God.
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    to make somebody feel impatient His stubbornness would try the patience of a saint.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: patience