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 The dogged, uncompromising protagonist, Senate Intelligence Committee staffer Jones, could easily have become annoying in the hands of a less skilled actor than Adam Driver. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "The CIA Torture Bombshell That Didn’t Change Anything," 20 Nov. 2019 But James Ward Prowse's early goal at the Etihad saw the heavy underdog lead into the second half with dogged defense. CNN, "German giants Bayern Munich humbled on a day of upsets," 2 Nov. 2019 Making progress, catching crooks After years of struggling to catch Social Security fraudsters, the government believes it’s making progress on this front, largely because of some dogged investigative work involving medical records. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Man posed as dead mom for 25 years to collect her benefits," 2 Oct. 2019 That included Gilbert, who has a dogged determination to make the Cavs more successful than the first post-LeBron James era. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cavaliers GM Koby Altman opens up about contract extension, the plan and why he has no interest in trading Kevin Love," 4 Nov. 2019 This was a bigger question for Chriss than Robinson, who has long been considered a dogged worker and friendly teammate. Connor Letourneau,, "‘Finding that niche’: Warriors hope to continue mastering the reclamation project," 20 Oct. 2019 The locus of resistance is expected to be the Kashmir valley, home to about seven million people, to a small but dogged insurgency and to a lot of resentment. New York Times, "Modi Defends Revoking Kashmir’s Statehood as Protests Flare," 8 Aug. 2019 The locus of resistance is expected to be in the Kashmir valley, home to about 7 million people, where a small but dogged insurgency and a lot of resentment exist. Jeffrey Gettleman And,, "As Modi addresses India, protests flare in Kashmir," 8 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 front stretch. Gary B Graves,, "Kurt Busch outduels little brother Kyle to win at Kentucky," 14 July 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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The first known use of dogged was in 1700

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6 Dec 2019

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“Dogged.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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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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