verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- docosahexaenoic acid,
- doctor faustus,
- doctor livingstone, i presume?,
- doctor martens,
- doctor of philosophy,
- doctor of the church
Origin of doctor
Examples from the Web for 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|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After what seemed a desperate eternity, a doctor shook his head.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
If a man will not pay his store bills you cannot expect him to pay his doctor.How to Collect a Doctor Bill|Frank P. Davis
Our job is to get the Doctor down here to look at that prize specimen before it moves off to the Deep Hole.The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle|Hugh Lofting
"I shouldn't think so," said the doctor, as if the point was a minor one.The Price of Love|Arnold Bennett
Now don't be foolish—stay here with Uncle George and the doctor until you cool down.Kennedy Square|F. Hopkinson Smith
The Doctor's cot gave a great crack as he started up listening, and I put my face deep in the pillow.The Virginian|Owen Wister
- 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.