dogged

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adjective dog·ged \ ˈdȯ-gəd \

Definition of dogged

:marked by stubborn determination
  • a dogged competitor
  • dogged devotion

doggedly

adverb

doggedness

noun

Examples of dogged in a Sentence

  1. Her dogged efforts eventually paid off.

  2. a dogged pursuit of power

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Origin and Etymology of dogged

see 1dog

Synonym Discussion of dogged

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

DOGGED Defined for English Language Learners

dogged

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adjective

Definition of dogged for English Language Learners

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


DOGGED Defined for Kids

dogged

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adjective dog·ged \ ˈdȯ-gəd \

Definition of dogged for Students

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

doggedly

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


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