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UK [ˈpeɪʃ(ə)ns] / US [ˈpeɪʃəns] noun [uncountable]
1) the ability to continue doing something for a long time without losing interest, especially something difficult
need/require patience:

Wildlife photography requires a lot of patience.

have the patience for something:

Most people wouldn't have the patience for such painstaking work.

2)
a) the ability to wait for a long time without becoming angry or upset
have patience:

Have patience – he'll be there soon.

She was quickly losing patience with the whole wretched situation.

run out of patience (= to no longer have patience):

After waiting for an hour, I was beginning to run out of patience.

b) the ability to accept situations that you do not like without becoming angry or upset

You need a lot of patience and understanding to be a good parent.

have no patience with someone/something:

I'm afraid I have no patience with people like them.

lose patience with someone/something:

She was quickly losing patience with the whole wretched situation.

the patience of a saint/of Job (= a lot of patience):

You have to have the patience of a saint to work in a place like this.


Collocations:
Adjectives frequently used with patience
▪  endless, great, inexhaustible, infinite, unlimited
3) British a card game for one person in which you have to place the cards in a particular order

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • patience — Patience. s. f. Vertu par laquelle on souffre les adversitez, les douleurs, les injures, les incommoditez, &c. avec moderation, & sans murmurer. Grande patience. Il faut avoir une merveilleuse patience pour souffrir cela. il faut avoir une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Patience — (ˈpā shənz) is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances. This can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset; or exhibiting forbearance when under strain, especially when faced with longer… …   Wikipedia

  • Patience — Pa tience (p[=a] shens), n. [F. patience, fr. L. patientia. See {Patient}.] 1. The state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • patience — patience, long suffering, longanimity, forbearance, resignation can all mean the power to endure or a capacity for enduring without complaint something which is disagreeable or requires effort. Patience stresses calmness or composure, not only… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • Patience — Sf (ein Kartenspiel) per. Wortschatz fach. (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. patience (eigentlich Geduld ), dieses aus l. patientia Geduld, Erleiden, Erdulden , zu l. patiēns erdulden, geduldig , dem adjektivischen PPräs. von l. patī… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • patience — (n.) c.1200, quality of being patient in suffering, from O.Fr. pacience, from L. patientia patience, endurance, from patientem (nom. patiens), prp. of pati to suffer, endure, from PIE root *pei to damage, injure, hurt (see PASSION (Cf. passion)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • patience — [pā′shəns] n. [ME pacience < OFr < L patientia < pati, to suffer: see PASSION] 1. the state, quality, or fact of being patient; specif., a) the will or ability to wait or endure without complaint b) steadiness, endurance, or perseverance …   English World dictionary

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  • Patience [2] — Patience, 1) Meerbusen u. 2) Vorgebirge ander Küste der Insel Sachalin (Ostasien) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon


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