1 (a) ~ (at sth/with sb) unable to deal calmly with sth/sb or to wait for sth; easily irritated by sb/sth; not patient 不耐烦的; 无耐性的
*Don't be so impatient! The bus will be here soon. 别那么不耐烦! 公共汽车马上就来了.
* You're too impatient with her; she's only a child. 你对她太缺乏耐心, 她只不过是个孩子.
(b) showing a lack of patience 表示不耐烦的; 焦躁的
*another impatient glance at his watch 又一次不耐烦地看了看他的手表.
2 [pred 作表语] ~ (to do sth); ~ (for sth) very eager to do sth or for sth to happen; anxious 热切（要做某事或期待某事）
*Many graduates are impatient to become managers. 很多人毕了业就迫不及待想当经理.
* impatient for the summer holidays to come 热切盼望暑假到来.
3 [pred 作表语] ~ of sth (fml 文) intolerant of sth 对某事物不能忍受:impatient of delay 对耽搁时间不能容忍.
annoyed because of delays, someone else's mistakes etc
≠ patientbecome/grow impatient (with sb/sth) We are growing impatient with the lack of results. He turned away with an impatient gesture. [not before noun]
very eager for something to happen and not wanting to waitimpatient to do sth Alec strode down the street, impatient to be home.impatient for sb to do sth He was eager to talk to Shildon and impatient for him to return from lunch.>impatientlyadv
1. We were impatient for the airplane to start. 我们巴不得飞机起飞。
2. Humboldt, impatient to discover where the electricity had disappeared to, put his hand into the barrel. 洪堡因为急于要查明电流的去向，便将手伸进了桶内。
3. She intended to dress up as a ghost and as she had made her costume the night before, she was impatient to try it on. 她打算装扮成鬼的模样。头天晚上她已把化装服做好，这时她急于想试试。
4. But he took a long time to send them. Meanwhile, the editor was getting impatient, for the magazine would soon go to press. 但过了好长时间不见他把数字寄来，在此期间，编辑等得不耐烦了，因为杂志马上要付印。
5. It was difficult to coordinate our steps — his halting, mine impatient — and because of that, we didn't say much as we went along. 我们的步伐难以协调一致--他常常停下脚步，而我的步子却显得不耐烦--正因如此, 我们一路很少说话。