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[n] children take the roles of doctor or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the doctor's office; "the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor"
[n] a licensed medical practitioner; "I felt so bad I went to see my doctor"
[n] a person who holds Ph.D. degree from an academic institution; "she is a doctor of philosophy in physics"
[n] a leading theologian in the history of the Roman Catholic Church; "the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages"
[v] give medical treatment to
[v] restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please"
[v] alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive; "Sophisticate rose water with geraniol"


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Misc. Definitions

\Doc"tor\, n. [OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere to teach. See {Docile}.]
1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge learned man. [Obs.] One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel. -- Bacon.
2. An academical title, originally meaning a men so well versed in his department as to be qualified to teach it. Hence: One who has taken the highest degree conferred by a university or college, or has received a diploma of the highest degree; as, a doctor of divinity, of law, of medicine, of music, or of philosophy. Such diplomas may confer an honorary title only.
3. One duly licensed to practice medicine; a member of the medical profession; a physician. By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death Will seize the doctor too. -- Shak.
4. Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency; as, the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous coloring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also {donkey engine}.
5. (Zo["o]l.) The friar skate. [Prov. Eng.] {Doctors' Commons}. See under {Commons}. {Doctor's stuff}, physic, medicine. --G. Eliot. {Doctor fish} (Zo["o]l.), any fish of the genus {Acanthurus}; the surgeon fish; -- so called from a sharp lancetlike spine on each side of the tail. Also called {barber fish}. See {Surgeon fish}.
\Doc"tor\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Doctored}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Doctoring}.]
1. To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart. [Colloq.]
2. To confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor.
3. To tamper with and arrange for one's own purposes; to falsify; to adulterate; as, to doctor election returns; to doctor whisky. [Slang]
\Doc"tor\, v. i. To practice physic. [Colloq.]

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