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  1. doc·tor
  2. noun

    • 1. a qualified practitioner of medicine; a physician:

      Doctor Thornhill
    • 2. a qualified dentist or veterinary surgeon.

    • 3. a person who gives advice or makes improvements:

      the script doctor rewrote the original
    • 4. a person who holds a doctorate:

      he was made a Doctor of Divinity
    • 5. short for Doctor of the Church

    • 6. a teacher or learned person:

      the wisest doctor is graveled by the inquisitiveness of a child
    • 7. an artificial fishing fly.


    • 1. change the content or appearance of (a document or picture) in order to deceive; falsify:

      the reports could have been doctored
      Synonym : falsify, tamper with, tinker with, interfere with, manipulate, massage, rig, alter, change, forge, fake, trump up, fudge, pervert, distort, cook, juggle, fiddle (with)
    • 2. alter the content of (a drink, food, or substance) by adding strong or harmful ingredients:

      he denied doctoring Stephen's drinks
      Synonym : adulterate, contaminate, taint, tamper with, lace, mix, dilute, water down, thin out, weaken, spike, dope, cut, slip a Mickey Finn into, vitiate
    • 3. tamper with (a ball) so as to affect its movement when pitched:

      fast bowlers were doctoring the ball
    • 4. treat (someone) medically:

      I will doctor him everyday until he is better
      Synonym : treat, medicate, dose, soothe, cure, heal, tend, attend to, minister to, administer to, care for, take care of, nurse
    • 5. remove the sexual organs of (an animal) so that it cannot reproduce:

      the dog was doctored
    • 6. repair (a machine).

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: doctor, plural noun: doctors

    • v.: verb: doctor, 3rd person present: doctors, gerund or present participle: doctoring, past tense: doctored, past participle: doctored

    • noun

      a person who is qualified to treat people who are ill:

      a qualified dentist or veterinary surgeon.

    • verb

      change the content or appearance of (a document or picture) in order to deceive; falsify:

      alter the content of (food or drink) by adding strong or harmful ingredients:

    • abbreviation



    • abbreviation

      (as a title) Doctor:

      (in street names) Drive.

    • abbreviation

      drachm or drachms.

      drachma or drachmas.

    • abbreviation


      (as a title) Doctor:

    • noun

      a paramedical worker with basic medical training working in a rural district in China.
    • noun

      a small fish of a kind used in fish pedicures to remove dead or calloused skin.
    • noun

      a spokesperson employed to give a favorable interpretation of events to the media, especially on behalf of a political party.
    • noun

      a qualified doctor practicing at any stage between graduation and completion of specialist postgraduate training:
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