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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


\ ˈdōv How to pronounce dove (audio) \

Definition of dove (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of dive

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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

Jasper, typically the more adventurous one, dove under the master bed and stayed there for a few hours. Special To The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "What happened when we took our cats on a beach vacation," 8 Aug. 2019 At one point, 22 doves were released at the memorial to honor all the victims. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "‘He did not deserve to die in this manner’: High school mourns 15-year-old El Paso shooting victim," 6 Aug. 2019 Dayton vigil includes doves and singing Just after 8 p.m., hundreds gathered in the Dayton community to remember the nine lives lost in a mass shooting in the area's Oregon District. CBS News, "Vigil brings together Dayton, Ohio, after 9 killed in mass shooting," 4 Aug. 2019 There is also people-watching — my favorite sport — plus the pastoral canyon light, the doves and sparrows, the black sage and sugarbush on the hill. Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood Bowl rehearsals are a soothing morning escape. And they’re free," 1 Aug. 2019 But when goalkeeper Adam Griwis dove to make his second penalty save of the night, the response from the Wall was an instant cacophony. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City fans show commitment with rumble around concourse during Open Cup win," 12 July 2019 Desperate, his wife — epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee — dove into the medical research and found papers on phage therapy. B David Zarley, The Verge, "These superbug-fighting viruses are making a comeback," 5 July 2019 As Newman drew down his arm, Tatis took off toward home, dove and slid his hand across the plate an instant before catcher Elias Diaz dropped the tag. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. runs around expectations, limitations," 29 June 2019 Ring the bells, unleash the white doves, raise a glass and shed a tear—Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez are officially engaged after two years of dating. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez Gave Fiancé Alex Rodriguez a Signed Photo 20 Years Ago, Proving Anything is Possible," 11 Mar. 2019

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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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to shake or wave menacingly

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