dote on/upon

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of dote on/upon

: to give a lot of love or attention to (someone or something)
  • She doted on her new grandchild.

Word by Word Definitions

dote play
  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

upon play
  1. : on

  1. : on the surface : on it

  2. : thereafter, thereon


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dote on/upon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!