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noun [uncountable]     patience pronunciation in American English
  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 project.

    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 unfortunate 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.



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