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

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In the end, Kurt Busch claimed the most important stage and bragging rights with a dogged run on the top side to spark a wild celebration and burnout on the front stretch. Gary B Graves,, "Kurt Busch outduels little brother Kyle to win at Kentucky," 14 July 2019 Now is just time to see whether his dogged attitude will translate to extended minutes on the pitch; or whether Zidane will place him on the short lead once again., "Gareth Bale Was Right to Dig His Heels in & Stay at Real Madrid - His Importance Is Undeniable," 4 Sep. 2019 The expectations for their dogged team progressed without hesitation. Deesha Thosar,, "Mets prepare for tough nine-game homestand during critical playoff push," 19 Aug. 2019 Indeed, the Vichy government fell, the republic was reborn, and Mandel’s ideals and his efforts—notably his dogged commitment to resisting fascism—showed him to be ahead of his time. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Haunting of Paris: Georges Mandel and the Long Legacy of Nazi Violence," 6 Aug. 2019 Aided and abetted by a group of residents called the Irregulars who rent casitas on his Fallbrook ranch, Ford demonstrates a dogged determination to get to the truth and do the right thing by Daley and Penelope. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker stands out with ‘The Last Good Guy’," 10 Aug. 2019 Casemiro as the dogged enforcer, Kroos as the metronome and Modric as the creative genius, all three of these players will need to be on top form this season., "Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid or Barcelona: Assessing Each of the La Liga Title Favourites," 3 Aug. 2019 In the end, Kurt Busch claimed the most important stage and bragging rights with a dogged run on the top side to spark a wild celebration and burnout on the frontstretch. Gary B. Graves,, "NASCAR: Kurt Busch outduels little brother to win at Kentucky," 14 July 2019 But in the dogged pursuit of these codes over the past quarter-century, a funny thing happened in 2014, when physicists found evidence of a deep connection between quantum error correction and the nature of space, time and gravity. Natalie Wolchover, WIRED, "Space and Time Could Be a Quantum Error-Correcting Code," 6 Jan. 2019

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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 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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