\ 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


\ 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


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


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

Trying to clear a last-second ball across the goalmouth, Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco dove for a header, and the ball went unerringly into the corner of his own net. Victor Mather, New York Times, "After Morocco Own Goal, Iran Wins World Cup Slugfest," 16 June 2018 One example popped up with Riveron a couple of weeks ago when a reporter asked how officials would view it when Tom Brady dove for a quarterback sneak. Larry Holder,, "Safety, skepticism come with NFL's crown of the helmet rule," 6 June 2018 Jaguars right fielder Michael Sandle dove for the ball, but could not come up with it. Creg Stephenson,, "South Alabama's Tyler Carr narrowly misses no-hitter vs. Texas State," 20 Apr. 2018 After penning a sweet love letter to fans about the emotions leading up to the tour, Ari dove headfirst into rehearsals and prep for the worldwide event, which begins on March 18 in Albany, NY. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Shares Behind the Scenes Pictures from the "Sweetener" World Tour," 9 Mar. 2019 Arriving late at night on June 24, SEALs wasted no time wading into the dark, uncharted waters; the first team of six dove in at 2 a.m., just hours after their arrival. Time, "Meet the Heroes Who Helped Keep 12 Boys Alive in a Flooded Thailand Cave," 11 July 2018 Arriving late at night on June 24, SEALs wasted no time wading into the dark, uncharted waters; the first team of six dove in at 2 a.m., just hours after their arrival., "These People Helped Keep Thai Soccer Team Alive in Flooded Cave," 11 July 2018 Francis said at the end of the encounter as children released doves of peace. Washington Post, "Pope denounces ‘murderous indifference’ by powers in Mideast," 7 July 2018 The event will begin at 7:45 a.m., when Jimmy plans to release 58 doves obtained from a local business in remembrance of those killed in the shooting. Hannah Fry,, "Huntington Beach YMCA worker who survived Las Vegas shooting presents cycling fundraiser for victims of crime and PTSD," 18 May 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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