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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


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Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of dive

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Other Words from dove


dovish \ˈdə-vish \ adjective
dovishness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for dove

Synonyms: Noun

angel, innocent, lamb, sheep

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of dove in a Sentence


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 plane dove and then banked into the sea at high speed. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "French Investigators, Countering Egypt, Say Fire Likely Caused EgyptAir Crash," 7 July 2018 But with 12:30 remaining, junior scrumhalf Killian Smith picked the ball out of a ruck within the final 5 meters and dove across the try line to restore the Wildcats’ lead. Dave Souza,, "In rematch, Milton is fit for Division 2 boys’ rugby crown," 23 June 2018 Hyde Park resident Karen Bradley has been asking for her neighbors' help in finding her beloved mourning dove Bobo, who escaped from a window in her home last month. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Animals / News / Neighborhoods All Hyde Park wants to know: Where’s Bobo?," 22 June 2018 Remember when New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dove to spear Buffalo Bills rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White in the back last year but remained in the game? Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "NFL proposal would allow league office in New York to eject players after instant replay," 19 Mar. 2018 Pence's comments about the court dove-tailed with an ad campaign launched by Hawley this week that focused on the Supreme Court vacancy. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "VP Pence tears into McCaskill, shrugs off disruptions at KC event," 11 July 2018 The head-to-toe dove-grey ensemble was a polished choice ideal for the occasion. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Angelina Jolie Takes a Page Out of Meghan Markle’s Royal Wardrobe Playbook," 28 June 2018 The development of dove drones is just one of the pieces of tech the Chinese government is attempting to deploy to monitor the behaviour of its citizens. Nick Whigham, Fox News, "China looks to bolster surveillance network with birdlike drones," 25 June 2018 Moroccan forward Aziz Bouhaddouz dove to clear a desperate shot on goal, and buried the header in the back of his own net. Julia Poe,, "Watch: Iran Fans Go Crazy For First World Cup Win In 20 years After Morocco's Late Own Goal," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of dove


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dove


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


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Kids Definition of dove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


Kids Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of dive

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