You are patient if you don't get frustrated or annoyed when you have to wait or deal with difficulties. The band director may show patient leadership, but a football coach uses other methods with his team.

It may be difficult to wait for something that takes a long time or deal with someone who is annoying, but if you are patient, you endure these things calmly and without frustration. Endure is the keyword here as patient comes from the Latin verb pati "to suffer, endure." Think of the patient way a chess player wins a game — calmly, steadily and willing to wait for the right time to act.

Definitions of patient
  1. adjective
    enduring trying circumstances with even temper or characterized by such endurance
    “a patient smile”
    “was patient with the children”
    “an exact and patient scientist”
    “please be patient
    not complaining
    diligent, persevering
    quietly and steadily persevering especially in detail or exactness
    enduring, long-suffering
    patiently bearing continual wrongs or trouble
    forbearing, longanimous
    showing patient and unruffled self-control and restraint under adversity; slow to retaliate or express resentment
    patient of, tolerant
    showing the capacity for endurance
    capable of accepting delay with equanimity
    showing respect for the rights or opinions or practices of others
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    restless or short-tempered under delay or opposition
    troubled emotionally and usually deeply
    impatient especially under restriction or delay
    unwilling to endure
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  2. noun
    a person who requires medical care
    “the number of emergency patients has grown rapidly”
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    a person with alexia
    a person undergoing psychoanalysis
    a person afflicted with arthritis
    a person who has abnormally high blood pressure
    a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments
    a person who has abnormally low blood pressure
    index case
    the earliest documented case of a disease that is included in an epidemiological study
    inmate, inpatient
    a patient who is residing in the hospital where he is being treated
    a patient who does not reside in the hospital where he is being treated
    a patient who has been vaccinated
    type of:
    a person requiring professional services
    diseased person, sick person, sufferer
    a person suffering from an illness
  3. noun
    the semantic role of an entity that is not the agent but is directly involved in or affected by the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
    synonyms: affected role, patient role
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    type of:
    participant role, semantic role
    (linguistics) the underlying relation that a constituent has with the main verb in a clause
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