dote

verb \ ˈdōt \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of dote

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

play \ˈdō-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of dote

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



DOTE Defined for Kids

dote

verb \ ˈdōt \

Definition of dote for Students

doted; doting
:to give a lot of love or attention to
  • He dotes on his dogs.


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