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verb     doctor pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledoctoring
past tensedoctored
past participledoctored
  1. 1
    [transitive] to change something, especially facts or numbers, in order to make people believe something that is not true
  2. 2
    [transitive] to add a substance to food or drink, especially a harmful substance

    We suspected that the horse’s feed had been doctored with drugs.

    doctor up (=improve):

    I had to doctor up the soup a little to make it taste better.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] American informal to cure or treat a person or an illness

    He’s been doctoring for over 40 years.



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