dog·​ged | \ˈdȯ-gəd \

Definition of dogged 

: marked by stubborn determination a dogged competitor dogged devotion

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Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb
doggedness noun

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obstinate, dogged, stubborn, pertinacious, mulish mean fixed and unyielding in course or purpose. obstinate implies usually an unreasonable persistence. an obstinate proponent of conspiracy theories dogged suggests an admirable often tenacious and unwavering persistence. pursued the story with dogged perseverance stubborn implies sturdiness in resisting change which may or may not be admirable. a person too stubborn to admit error pertinacious suggests an annoying or irksome persistence. a pertinacious salesclerk refusing to take no for an answer mulish implies a thoroughly unreasonable obstinacy. a mulish determination to have his own way

Examples of dogged in a Sentence

Her dogged efforts eventually paid off. a dogged pursuit of power

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Fortunately, a dogged Trump fan found just the right counter-photo in the Facebook feed of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose photographer must have been standing next to Merkel's and shot this moments before or after. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "The Trump Internet’s search for a G-7 photo that makes him look good," 10 June 2018 The veteran defender came under fire repeatedly for his substandard performances for Everton last season, a far cry from his dogged displays in Euro 2016, where Wales defied the odds to reach the semi finals., "Ashley Williams Reveals Post-Surgery Image & Confirms Horror Injury After Wales' Draw With Mexico," 3 June 2018 The country’s security forces, meanwhile, remain dogged by allegations of violence against citizens. Garance Burke, Washington Post, "Amid corruption concerns, Gen. Kelly made allies in Honduras," 12 Apr. 2018 But three years later, his most dogged effort to achieve that vision threatened to be more delusion than dream. Melanie Mason,, "How Villaraigosa convinced voters to tax themselves in a recession — and won," 22 May 2018 Kavanaugh seems likeliest to change the court through his dogged conservatism, shaped by his belief that the founders intended for Congress to write the laws, the executive branch to execute them and judges to draw a bright line between the two. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Brett Kavanaugh Could Change the Supreme Court—and America," 12 July 2018 Among those caught in the government’s sweep was Aziza al-Yousef, a retired professor at Riyadh’s King Saud University who’s considered one of Saudi Arabia’s most dogged women’s rights campaigners. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Sarah Sanders Red Hen, Saudi Women to Drive, U.S. Open Pregnancy: Broadsheet June 25," 25 June 2018 And more than an honorable mention should go to Carreyrou, a dogged old-school reporter uncowed by Theranos’ legal hardball. Stephen Phillips,, "New tech books: ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ ‘The Efficiency Paradox’," 22 June 2018 Under Cordray, the bureau was known by its supporters as a dogged defender of consumers — and by the finance industry as an overly aggressive and unaccountable agency. James Rufus Koren,, "In surprise move, CFPB appeals judgment against CashCall slashed by judge," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of dogged

1700, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dogged

see dog entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dogged

: having or showing the attitude of a person who wants to do or get something and will not stop trying : stubborn and determined


dog·​ged | \ˈdȯ-gəd \

Kids Definition of dogged

: stubbornly determined He continued his dogged search for the truth.

Other Words from dogged

doggedly adverb “And I'm doing it for their sakes,” she told herself doggedly— Mary Norton, The Borrowers

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obstinately defiant of authority

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