verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of doctor
Related Words for doctorphysician, expert, specialist, professor, scientist, surgeon, reconstruct, medicate, revamp, alter, misrepresent, fudge, falsify, quack, medic, intern, healer, MD, medico, doc
Examples from the Web for doctor
Contemporary Examples of doctor
My doctor insisted that once I filed this piece I lie down on my bed and not get out.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
That is a fact recorded by the doctor in charge of the ambulance at the inquest.Harry’s Daddy, and Diana’s ‘Murder’: Royal Rumors In a New Play
January 4, 2015
After what seemed a desperate eternity, a doctor shook his head.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
Not long after I was finally diagnosed, my doctor ordered a bone density scan.
My doctor put me on oral contraceptives to induce a period, figuring it would help build bone.
Historical Examples of doctor
My doctor says I must let it be for at least two months, and I mean to stick by him.
I can get along for a few hours, and then I'll have a doctor look at it.Brave and Bold
This explosion of the doctor's meant that he invited and awaited some contradiction.
I have the Doctor von Herzlich been ge-speaking with—come, come!
The doctor there speaks of 'our steel pens,' as if they were not at all uncommon.The Story of the Invention of Steel Pens
- to give medical treatment to
- to prescribe for (a disease or disorder)
Word Origin for doctor
c.1300, "Church father," from Old French doctour, from Medieval Latin doctor "religious teacher, adviser, scholar," in classical Latin "teacher," agent noun from docere "to show, teach, cause to know," originally "make to appear right," causative of decere "be seemly, fitting" (see decent). Meaning "holder of highest degree in university" is first found late 14c.; as is that of "medical professional" (replacing native leech (n.2)), though this was not common till late 16c. The transitional stage is exemplified in Chaucer's Doctor of phesike (Latin physica came to be used extensively in Medieval Latin for medicina).
Similar usage of the equivalent of doctor is colloquial in most European languages: cf. Italian dottore, French docteur, German doktor, Lithuanian daktaras, though these are typically not the main word in those languages for a medical healer. For similar evolution, cf. Sanskrit vaidya- "medical doctor," literally "one versed in science." German Arzt, Dutch arts are from Late Latin archiater, from Greek arkhiatros "chief healer," hence "court physician." French médecin is a back-formation from médicine, replacing Old French miege, from Latin medicus.
1590s, "to confer a degree on," from doctor (n.). Meaning "to treat medically" is from 1712; sense of "alter, disguise, falsify" is from 1774. Related: Doctored; doctoring.
see just what the doctor ordered.