\ 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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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 Johnny Nguyen, loves to dote on his girls — Lucy, a golden retriever, and Lulu, a Pomeranian. Terry Nguyen, Washington Post, "Dogfishing: When online daters pose with adorable pets that aren’t theirs," 12 Aug. 2019 The campus decided to dote on out-of-state students, who received 2,013 offers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Crowded UC San Diego offers admission to record number of students," 24 July 2019 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

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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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