impatience

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ɪmˈpeɪʃəns/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ɪmˈpeɪʃəns/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(im pāshəns)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
im•pa•tience /ɪmˈpeɪʃəns/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. unwillingness to tolerate anything that hinders;
    irritation at having to wait for something:My impatience grew as the train was delayed more and more.
  2. eager desire for relief or change;
    restlessness.
See -pat-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
im•pa•tience  (im pāshəns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. lack of patience.
  2. eager desire for relief or change;
    restlessness.
  3. intolerance of anything that thwarts, delays, or hinders.
  • Latin impatientia. See im-2, patience
  • Middle English impacience 1175–1225

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
impatience /ɪmˈpeɪʃəns/ n
  1. lack of patience; intolerance of or irritability with anything that impedes or delays
  2. restless desire for change and excitement
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