May 16, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
impatient /ɪmˈpeɪʃənt/ adjective
impatient
/ɪmˈpeɪʃənt/
adjective
The woman is becoming impatient.
The woman is becoming impatient.
Learner's definition of IMPATIENT

[more impatient; most impatient]

1 a : not willing to wait for something or someone : not patient

  • After months of delays, customers are becoming/growing impatient.

  • Customers have grown impatient with/at the repeated delays.

  • “Aren't you ready yet?” “Don't be so impatient. There's no need to hurry.”

— often + for

  • He was impatient for the departure of his flight.

  • She was becoming more impatient for the opportunity to begin working.

b : wanting or eager to do something without waiting

  • She was impatient to leave.

2 : showing that you do not want to wait : showing a lack of patience

  • an impatient answer/gesture/look

— impatience /ɪmˈpeɪʃəns/ noun [noncount]

  • He sighed with impatience.

  • Her impatience with/at the many delays was obvious.

  • Her impatience to leave was obvious.

— impatiently adverb

  • Customers are waiting impatiently for the delays to end.

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