dote

verb

doted; doting

intransitive verb

1
: to exhibit mental decline of or like that of old age : be in one's dotage
2
: to be lavish or excessive in one's attention, fondness, or affection
usually used with on
doted on her only grandchild
doter noun
dotingly adverb

Examples of dote in a Sentence

doted on her only grandchild
Recent Examples on the Web On the fundraising page, she was remembered as a doting grandmother. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 6 June 2024 The Kings fell short of the playoffs this season, but Fox said the 2022-23 campaign was a storybook season for him with baby Reign arriving amid a career year for his doting dad. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 25 May 2024 The doting grandmother cleared up the confusion with a post on Facebook, including photos of the girls enjoying their time swimming at her pool. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 On Tuesday, the This Is Us actor resumed his role as a doting father and reunited with his onscreen kids, Niles Fitch (Randall Pearson) and Hannah Zeile (Kate Pearson), to celebrate Fitch graduating from the University of Southern California. Shania Russell, EW.com, 22 May 2024 Too many wish to be doted upon or crave paternalism to escape responsibility. Armstrong Williams, Baltimore Sun, 31 Mar. 2024 Throughout his acting career, Andy Garcia has often played the role of a doting father. Emma Kershaw, Peoplemag, 18 May 2024 But Catalina is up against the mayor (Esposito), who is not only committed to maintaining the corrupt status quo, but happens to be Cicero’s doting father. Alex Ritman, Variety, 16 May 2024 However, she is surrounded by a wealth of stronger performances — Jack O’Connell as Blake, Eddie Marsan as doting father Mitch, and Lesley Manville as Winehouse’s beloved grandmother, Cynthia. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 May 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English; akin to Middle Low German dotten to be foolish

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dote was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dote.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dote. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

dote

verb
doted; doting
: to be excessive in one's attention or fondness
usually used with on
doted on their grandchild
dotingly adverb

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