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English

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Etymology

From Middle English doctor, doctour "an expert, authority on a subject" from Anglo-Norman doctour from Latin doctor (teacher) from doceō (I teach). Displaced native Middle English lerare "doctor, teacher" (from Middle English leren "to teach, instruct" from Old English lǣran, lēran "to teach, instruct, guide", cf Old English lārēow "teacher, master").

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
doctor

Plural
doctors

doctor (plural doctors)

  1. A person who has attained a doctorate, such as a Ph.D. or Th.D. or one of many other terminal degrees conferred by a college or university.
  2. A physician; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick. The final examination and qualification may award a doctorate in which case the post-nominal letters are MD in the US or MBBS in the UK.
    If you still feel unwell tomorrow, go see your doctor.
  3. A veterinarian; a member of the medical profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick.
  4. A nickname for a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions.

Usage notes

  • Doctor is capitalized when used as a title:
    Doctor Smith

Synonyms

Derived terms

See also Types of academic doctor below

Related terms

Translations

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Related terms

Types of academic doctor
  • Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (D.A.O.M.)
  • Doctor of Arts (D.A.)
  • Doctor of Architecture (D.Arch.)
  • Doctor of Applied Science (D.A.S.)
  • Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
  • Doctor of Chemistry (D.Chem.)
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.)
  • Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.)
  • Doctor of Criminal Justice (D.C.J.)
  • Doctor of Comparative/Civil Law (D.C.L.)
  • Doctor of Computer Science (D.C.S.)
  • Doctor of Criminology (D.Crim.)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.)
  • Doctor of Design (Dr.DES.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Environmental Design (D.E.D.)
  • Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.)
  • Doctor of Environment (D.Env.)
  • Doctor of Engineering Science (D.E.Sc./Sc.D.E.)
  • Doctor of Forestry (D.F.)
  • Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.)
  • Doctor of Geological Science (D.G.S.)
  • Doctor of Hebrew Literature/Letters (D.H.L.)
  • Doctor of Health and Safety (D.H.S.)
  • Doctor of Hebrew Studies (D.H.S.)
  • Doctor of Industrial Technology (D.I.T.)
  • Doctor of Information Technology (D.I.T.)
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)
  • Doctor of Library Science (D.L.S.)
  • Doctor of Music (D.M.)
  • Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A., A.Mus.D.)
  • Doctor of Musical Education (D.M.E.)
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min./D.M.)
  • Doctor of Modern Languages (D.M.L.)
  • Doctor of Music Ministry (D.M.M.)
  • Doctor of Medical Science (D.M.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Nursing Science (D.N.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Public Administration (D.P.A.)
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Doctor of Physical Education (D.P.E.)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M.)
  • Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
  • Doctor of Public Health (D.P.H.)
  • Doctor of Professional Studies (D.P.S.)
  • Doctor of Religious Education (D.R.E.)
  • Doctor of Recreation (D.Rec./D.R.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc./Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Science in Dentistry (D.Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Science and Hygiene (D.Sc.H.)
  • Doctor of Science in Veterinary Medicine (D.Sc.V.M.)
  • Doctor of Sacred Music (D.S.M.)
  • Doctor of Social Science (D.S.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Social Work (D.S.W.)
  • Doctor of Canon Law (J.C.D.)
  • Doctor of the Science of Law (L.Sc.D.)
  • Doctor of Rehabilitation (Rh.D.)
  • Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)
  • Doctor of Science (D.Sc.)
  • Doctor of Technology (D.Tech.)
  • Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
  • Doctor of the University (D.Univ)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or Veterinary Medical Doctor (D.V.M./V.M.D)
  • Divinitatis Doctor, Doctor of Divinity (D.D.)
  • Juris Doctor, Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • Optometry Doctor, Doctor of Optometry (O.D.)
  • Legum Doctor, Doctor of Laws (LL.D.)
  • Literarum Doctor, Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.)
  • Medicine Doctor, Doctor of Medicine (M.D./D.M.)
  • Music Doctor, Doctor of Music (D.Mus.)

Verb

Infinitive
to doctor

Third person singular
doctors

Simple past
doctored

Past participle
doctored

Present participle
doctoring

to doctor (third-person singular simple present doctors, present participle doctoring, simple past and past participle doctored)

  1. (transitive) To act as a medical doctor to.
    Her children doctored her back to health.
  2. (transitive) To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor.
  3. (transitive) To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior.
    They doctored their apple trees by vigorous pruning, and now the dwarfed trees are easier to pick.
    We may legally doctor a pet to reduce its libido.
  4. (transitive) To genetically alter an extant species.
    Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored.
  5. (transitive) To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document.
    To doctor the signature of an instrument with intent to defraud is an example of forgery.

Translations

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Latin

Etymology

From doceō (teach).

Pronunciation

Noun

doctor (genitive doctōris); m, third declension

  1. teacher, instructor
  2. (Ecclesiastical Latin) catechist

Inflection

Number Singular Plural
nominative doctor doctōrēs
genitive doctōris doctōrum
dative doctōrī doctōribus
accusative doctōrem doctōrēs
ablative doctōre doctōribus
vocative doctor doctōrēs

Derived terms

Related terms

  • doctē
  • doctificus
  • doctiusculē
  • doctrīnālis
  • doctus

Descendants


Romanian

Etymology

Latin doctor, French docteur or German Doktor

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [ 'dok.tor ]

Noun

doctor m. (plural doctorifeminine equivalent doctoră)

  1. doctor

Declension

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Spanish

Noun

doctor m. (feminine doctora, masculine plural doctores, feminine plural doctoras)

  1. doctor
  2. physician

Synonyms

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Simple English

Doctor is a term that can apply to different concepts:

  • A degree awarded by a university, after a longer study in a very specialized field of knowledge, see doctorate. People who successfully undertake a doctorate may bear the title of Doctor, (Dr., PhD)
  • A degree given by a university, to a person for their achievements in a certain field of study; this is equivalent to the doctorate above, but without the exams, see honorary degree. People with such a degree will be able to use the title "Dr. h. c.", or similar.
  • Certain studies have a special exam at the end. This exam is called "professional doctorate". People who pass it, may use the title "doctor". Examples for such doctorates include the Medical doctor and often the Juris Doctor.
  • Doctor (Doctor Who) - A fictional character in the TV show Doctor Who.
  • Doctor (Star Trek) - A holographic doctor in the TV show Star Trek: Voyager.


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