verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of doctor
Examples from the Web for doctoral
Contemporary Examples of doctoral
To help develop it, he hired a doctoral student in philosophy, Larry Sanger, whom he first met in online discussion groups.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
Her doctoral thesis, says Ramin Takloo at the University of Illinois, was simply outstanding.Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani Unveiled by President Rouhani
August 18, 2014
Even Rachel Maddow, who wrote her doctoral thesis on AIDS reform in prisons, seemed surprised by the seemingly magnanimous move.The Saddest Reality Stars of All: Prisoners
May 19, 2013
I help advise Omer, a twenty-eight year old journalist, in his doctoral studies at Rotterdam University.Powerless In Gaza
May 1, 2013
I'm wrapping up a doctoral degree in the physical sciences and heading to an industrial job in a few months.Ask the Blogger: Worried Savers Edition
March 19, 2013
Historical Examples of doctoral
The study, however, was undertaken as a doctoral dissertation at Columbia.
Just before the holidays, too, came from the press my doctoral essay about the Neoplatonists.Hania
This work is a doctoral dissertation of Vanderbilt University.
Balvoa (Doctor Juan de), doctoral canon of the cathedral of Salamanca, and law professor in the university of that city.
We would praise a doctoral dissertation that succeeded in giving so much new data.The Lives of the Most Famous English Poets (1687)
- 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.