\ ˈdōt How to pronounce dote (audio) \
doted; doting

Definition of dote

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

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Other Words from dote

doter noun
dotingly \ ˈdō-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce dotingly (audio) \ adverb

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Loner bees leave a blob of pollen on the egg and wipe their hands of it, whereas social species dote on their larvae. Quanta Magazine, "In Bees, a Hunt for Roots of Social Behavior," 6 May 2014 At the party, Stormi is dressed in an adorable pink outfit as her parents dote on her. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott's Relationship," 8 Aug. 2018 Her fathers dote on her, scrambling eggs or cooking cereal and mixing it with yogurt for her breakfast. New York Times, "A Family in Transition," 16 June 2018 Inner Loop Vieng Thai There's a reason chefs and wine professionals dote on this unpretentious restaurant on a scruffy stretch of Long Point. Houston Chronicle, "A taste of Houston's Asian restaurants," 10 May 2018 Guard Wayne Ellington now has a son to dote upon on Christmas morning. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Unique Christmas joy for Heat this year | Commentary," 23 Dec. 2017 Because of this, my father-in-law has started to dote on me, especially with food. Abby, Houston Chronicle, "Father-in-law's gifts of food turn pregnant woman green," 3 Nov. 2017 Pinterest Denise, a Seattle Seahawks fan, seemed to dote on her grandchildren, posting photos with them on her social media. Steve Helling,, "A Husband’s Heartbreak: Wife of 32 Years Dies in His Arms in Las Vegas Mass Shooting," 3 Oct. 2017 Sharone McRae, Sakina Stamper, and a cousin, Annette Cole—who dote on the children. Donna Owens, NBC News, "‘I Set Out to Prove Everyone Wrong’: Paralyzed Football Star Moves Forward," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dote

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dote

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

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\ ˈdōt How to pronounce dote (audio) \
doted; doting

Kids Definition of dote

: to give a lot of love or attention to He dotes on his dogs.

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