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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dove

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Times’s Alexis Soloski dove into the enduring appeal of the workplace comedy, a genre with nostalgic appeal during the lockdown. David Leonhardt, New York Times, "Coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, California: Your Tuesday Briefing," 12 May 2020 So Jana dove into the task of coming up with the perfect song, landing on Journey's No. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Quarantined family perfectly re-creates Journey's 'Separate Ways' music video at home," 14 Apr. 2020 The president dove into handshakes with supporters earlier in the day, when arriving to headline a fundraiser in Longwood, Florida, that raised approximately $4 million for his reelection campaign and the Republican Party. Time, "President Trump Floats Payroll Tax Relief to Calm Markets Shaken by COVID-19," 9 Mar. 2020 The company’s share price dove by 8.4% as a result. David Meyer, Fortune, "Trying to cure Covid-19," 27 Feb. 2020 As Wentz was falling forward, Clowney dove at Wentz and his helmet hit Wentz in the back of his helmet. oregonlive, "Watch: Was Jadeveon Clowney’s helmet hit on Carson Wentz a dirty play?," 6 Jan. 2020 Matthews dove into the end zone after making several defenders miss and was mauled by his teammates during the celebration. Luis Torres,, "FSU beats Boston College, winning first game without Willie Taggart," 9 Nov. 2019 The senior dove for a pass broken up by Xavier McKinney for the second interception of his career. Michael Casagrande |, al, "A few bonus notes, some context to key moments in Alabama’s win over Arkansas," 27 Oct. 2019 No dove, Rabin believed Israeli security required Jews and Palestinian Arabs to have separate states. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, "Rubin: Netanyahu’s West Bank annexation vow risks Israeli security," 16 Sep. 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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The first known use of dove was in the 13th century

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25 May 2020

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“Dove.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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