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.
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.
When referring to sick people in a hospital, “patients” is the plural of “patient.”
- We have been told that patience is a virtue, but I really do not like waiting.
- A good doctor has patience with her patients.
- Fishing requires patience.
- His aunt and uncle, patients in the hospital, are much better and will be discharged tomorrow.