Can the word `doctor’ be used as a verb?

Yes, it can. When someone `doctors’ something, he makes some changes in it in order to deceive people. For example, companies, in order to show a huge profit, sometimes change the figures in their accounts. They do this in the hope that their share prices will go up. This practice of changing figures dishonestly is called doctoring.

*These reports suggest that it was the Professor who doctored the figures. *According to the film star, her ex-husband doctored the photographs.

When someone doctors your drink or food, they spice it up with a little bit of poison!

*The police suspect that it was the partner who doctored the drink. *The dog’s food had been doctored.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ ( The Hindu) – July 24, 2006



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