Patience is the ability to wait for something we want until the event happens. The wait may be just sitting, or it may involve being active, doing other things until it happens, regardless of the circumstances.
- We are told that patience is a virtue, but I really do not like to wait.
- The patience of that cat sitting by a mouse hole is amazing.
- Fishing requires patience for the person fishing. The fish are doing something else before they bite.
- Patience is a form of acting, keeping calm in difficult circumstances/
Patience is a noun, a non-count noun, meaning that we do not measure it. It does not have a singular and a plural form. To describe how much, we use “a lot of” or “a little” or “no” patience.
- “How much patience does it take to outwait a fish?”
- “It depends upon its size. Most people weigh more than an inland fish.”
- Her patience was wearing very thin, thinner than her underweight frame.
- A hungry child has no patience.
When referring to sick people in a hospital, “patients” is the plural of “patient.”
- A good doctor has patience with her patients.
- Some hospital rooms have beds for one patient, and others have beds for two patients.
- “The doctor will see you now” is good news for any patient.