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dove

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noun \ ˈdəv \

Definition of dove

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

dovish

play \ˈdə-vish\ adjective

dovishness

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Examples of dove in a Sentence

  1. The President sided with the doves and worked to avoid war.

  2. the doves were in favor of using the surplus to improve the nation's schools and not its weapons systems

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Origin and Etymology of dove

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

dove Synonyms

Synonyms
pacifist, peacenik
Antonyms
hawk, jingo, war hawk, warmonger
Related Words
peacemaker
Near Antonyms
militarist; chauvinist, nationalist

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dove

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\ ˈdōv \

Definition of dove

  • past tense of dive


DOVE Defined for English Language Learners

dove

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noun

Definition of dove for English Language Learners

  • : a small wild bird that is related to pigeons

  • : a person who does not want war and does want peace


DOVE Defined for Kids

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dove

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noun \ ˈdəv \

Definition of dove for Students

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

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dove

Definition of dove for Students

  • past tense and past participle of dive


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