dove

noun
\ ˈdəv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Definition of dove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous pigeons especially : a small wild pigeon
2 : a gentle woman or child
3 : one who takes a conciliatory attitude and advocates negotiations and compromise especially : an opponent of war — compare hawk entry 1

dove

\ ˈdōv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of dive

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Other Words from dove

Noun

dovish \ ˈdə-​vish How to pronounce dovish (audio) \ adjective
dovishness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dove

Synonyms: Noun

pacifist, peacenik

Antonyms: Noun

hawk, jingo, war hawk, warmonger

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Examples of dove in a Sentence

Noun

The President sided with the doves and worked to avoid war. the doves were in favor of using the surplus to improve the nation's schools and not its weapons systems

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The teen raced across the street and dove behind a car, landing on a sidewalk and crawling away on his hands and feet as the gunman leaned out the window of the white car and kept firing, according to video recorded by a neighbor. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "3 cops lauded for actions after woman was hit in the head by a stray bullet that came through her front window. Video captured gunman randomly shooting in West Englewood.," 11 Sep. 2019 The deceased are depicted on red carpets, surrounded by stars, nestled among twinkling diamonds, or ensconced among pink roses and doves. Washington Post, "Meet the Baltimore woman who designed a comic-book-themed funeral program," 26 Aug. 2019 The deceased are depicted on red carpets, surrounded by stars, or nestled among twinkling diamonds, or ensconced among pink roses and doves. Mckenna Oxenden, baltimoresun.com, "Meet the Baltimore woman who designed a comic book-themed program for 4-year-old Malachi Lawson’s funeral," 23 Aug. 2019 Goalkeeper Adam Grinwis dove to block an initial shot launched from outside the top of the box by Eric Remedi, but the ball ricocheted toward the corner along the goal line. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City falls 2-0 to Atlanta United in semifinals of U.S. Open Cup," 8 Aug. 2019 Some dove for cover under the decorated food booth tables. Julie Watson, BostonGlobe.com, "California town pledges to remain strong in wake of shooting," 30 July 2019 Van Breen dove under the stage where the band had been about to play. Erin Allday, SFChronicle.com, "Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: A town in shock; suspected killer and 3 victims identified," 29 July 2019 Some dove for cover under the decorated food booth tables. Kathleen Ronayne, chicagotribune.com, "Gunman posted online minutes before killing 3 people at California garlic festival," 29 July 2019 Newgarden dove to the inside of the Andretti Autosport star, but banged into Hunter-Reay on the back half of an over-under maneuver. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Josef Newgarden's critical last-lap error leaves IndyCar championship door wide open," 28 July 2019

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First Known Use of dove

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dove

Noun

Middle English, from Old English *dūfe; akin to Old High German tūba dove

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dove

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English Language Learners Definition of dove

: a small wild bird that is related to pigeons
: a person who does not want war and does want peace

dove

noun
\ ˈdəv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Kids Definition of dove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bird that is related to the pigeon but usually of somewhat smaller size

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Kids Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of dive

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