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doctor

[ dok-ter ]
/ ˈdɒk tər /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)

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When Did The Word "Doctor" Become Medical?

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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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with doctor

doctor

see just what the doctor ordered.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
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