dotage

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noun dot·age \ˈdō-tij\

Definition of dotage

  1. :  a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness

Examples of dotage in a Sentence

  1. he's now in that stage of his dotage where he has trouble remembering the simplest things

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Origin and Etymology of dotage

Middle English, from doten to dote


First Known Use: 14th century


DOTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

dotage

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Definition of dotage for English Language Learners

  • : the period of old age : the time when a person is old and often less able to remember or do things


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dotage

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noun dot·age \ˈdōt-ij\

Medical Definition of dotage

  1. :  a state or period of senile decay marked by decline of mental poise and alertness


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