dog·​ged | \ ˈdȯ-gəd How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web And the farmers share a dogged hope that sooner rather than later, this country can turn a corner regarding the pandemic. Los Angeles Times, "Weary but determined, California’s small, family-owned farms fight through the pandemic," 19 Nov. 2020 Will the dogged erasure of Arab American contributions, and identity continue, like an endless game of ping pong? Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Arab Americans must be included in California’s new ethnic studies curriculum," 18 Nov. 2020 What is clear in season 4, is that the monarch is embarking on a new era that will be rife with dogged tabloid coverage. Shannon Carlin,, "How The Crown Cast Compares To The Real People: ’80s Edition," 15 Nov. 2020 Tension grows between the charismatic person and the administrators, who have a clear idea of the dogged and unglamorous work required to sustain the institutional structure. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "What Makes the Difference Between Getting Out of Prison and Staying Out?," 9 Nov. 2020 Sid was an inspiration not only to legions of sports personalities but also to his readers and listeners who appreciated his work ethic and dogged pursuit of a good story. Harvey Mackay, Star Tribune, "Welcome competition to improve, like Sid did," 25 Oct. 2020 Arnold has supported the innovation network and faced one of the district's most dogged critics in Christina Smith. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, "Balance of power on Indianapolis Public Schools board up for grabs in election," 4 Nov. 2020 The country's dogged pursuit of these armaments, however, has come at a tremendous cost. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "North Korea is going to be a major headache for whoever wins the US election," 27 Oct. 2020 Microsoft’s 4K Wireless Adapter ($70) continues Microsoft’s dogged pursuit of using Miracast to project your PC’s display onto your TV. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Surface accessories include a keyboard with a dedicated 'heart' emoji key," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Dogged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce dogged (audio) \

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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