I. noun Etymology: Middle English doctour teacher, doctor, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin doctor, from Latin, teacher, from docēre to teach — more at docile Date: 14th century 1. a. an eminent theologian declared a sound expounder of doctrine by the Roman Catholic Church — called also doctor of the church b. a learned or authoritative teacher c. a person who has earned one of the highest academic degrees (as a PhD) conferred by a university d. a person awarded an honorary doctorate (as an LLD or Litt D) by a college or university 2. a. a person skilled or specializing in healing arts; especially one (as a physician, dentist, or veterinarian) who holds an advanced degree and is licensed to practice b. medicine man 3. a. material added (as to food) to produce a desired effect b. a blade (as of metal) for spreading a coating or scraping a surface 4. a person who restores, repairs, or fine-tunes things • doctoral adjectivedoctorless adjectivedoctorship noun II. verb (doctored; doctoring) Date: 1712 transitive verb 1. a. to give medical treatment to b. to restore to good condition ; repair <
doctor an old clock
2. a. to adapt or modify for a desired end by alteration or special treatment <
doctored the play to suit the audience
the drink was doctored
b. to alter deceptively <
accused of doctoring the election returns
a doctored photo
intransitive verb 1. to practice medicine 2. dialect to take medicine

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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