Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

noun [uncountable] British English pronunciation: patience /ˈpeɪʃ(ə)ns/

Related dictionary definitions

  1. 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. 2
    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.

    1. a.
      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.


food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day


threadbare clothing, carpet, or cloth is very thin and almost has holes in it because it has been...

Open Dictionary

dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog