\ 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 dote (audio) \ adverb

Examples of dote in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Too many of us dote on a wide field of view, but this always comes at the expense of eye relief: the distance from the eyepiece lens to your eye. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "How to Buy Your First Nice Hunting Rifle," 2 Nov. 2020 Families grew smaller and more prosperous, giving them more time to dote on their animal companions. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "Dogs and cats became family—and got their shot at heaven—after World War II, gravestones reveal," 26 Oct. 2020 Plant parents love to dote on their houseplants, especially now that everyone is hunkering down at home, but are all indoor plants well suited to hanging? Lisa Boone, Star Tribune, "Indoor gardening is taking root," 22 Sep. 2020 Hammer has also gushed about his kids, telling PEOPLE that big sister Harper loves to dote on Ford. Ally Mauch,, "Armie Hammer and Elizabeth Chambers Split: A Timeline of Their 13-Year Relationship," 10 July 2020 Politics aside, both are said to dote on their 14-year-old grandson, Barron, who's learned to speak their language. CBS News, "The Melania you don't know," 14 June 2020 His next job is to dote on grandkids and stay connected to baseball in some way, which already has fueled speculation that another club may convince him to manage again. Tom Verducci,, "Universally Respected, Bruce Bochy Retires as a Future Hall of Famer After 25 Years," 29 Sep. 2019 The upstairs residents treat their staff with dignity and respect, and those downstairs dote on their employers — with some even forming friendships and familial bonds. Rosy Cordero,, "Everything you need to know about Downton Abbey before watching the movie," 18 Sep. 2019 Johnny Nguyen, loves to dote on his girls - Lucy, a golden retriever, and Lulu, a Pomeranian. Terry Nguyen,, "People are posing with pets they don’t actually own in hopes of finding love on dating apps," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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“Dote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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