doctor

[ dok-ter ]
/ ˈdɒk tər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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Origin of doctor

1275–1325; Middle English docto(u)r (< Anglo-French) < Latin, equivalent to doc(ēre) to teach + -tor -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM doctor

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH doctor

doctor physician
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British Dictionary definitions for doctor

doctor
/ (ˈdɒktə) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of doctor

doctoral or doctorial (dɒkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for doctor

C14: from Latin: teacher, from docēre to teach
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Medical definitions for doctor

doctor
[ dŏktər ]

n.

A person, especially a physician, dentist, or veterinarian, trained in the healing arts and licensed to practice.
A person who has earned the highest academic degree awarded by a university in a specified discipline.
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Idioms and Phrases with doctor

doctor

see just what the doctor ordered.

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